Jurgen Klopp will have been told all about the talented Jordon Ibe on his arrival at Liverpool earlier this month, and the German coach - along with thousands of fans at Anfield - witnessed a special moment of magic from the 19-year-old against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
Ibe picked the ball up on the right touchline and squared up his opponent before knocking the ball through his legs, to a teammate, with a magnificent faked pass. (See Ibe’s moment of brilliance by scrolling down this page).
The England Under-21 international played the full 90 minutes as Klopp secured his first victory as Liverpool manager at the fourth time of asking, thanks to a first-half goal from Nathaniel Clyne.
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Perhaps Ibe learned to execute the fake pass from watching videos of Thierry Henry, who was a master of this particular move.
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But Ibe’s fake pass was arguably better than all of Henry’s combined, because not only did it find a teammate - it was an excellent through-ball - but it also took out two opponents, including one with a nutmeg.
Ibe's best performance this season
It’s not been an easy start to the 2015-16 campaign for Ibe - particularly with a new manager coming in - but he performed well against the Cherries and will have provided Klopp with some food for thought ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea.
The winger has the potential to become a key player for the Reds, but it’s vital at this stage of his career that he’s playing regular first-team football - even if it’s temporarily away from Anfield.
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