With Jordon Ibe failing to impress, Liverpool should give Joao Teixeira a chance to shine

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Since ending his loan spell with Derby County in January 2015, Jordan Ibe has been tasked with the responsibility of following in the footsteps of former Liverpool teammate Raheem Sterling.

The two play in the same position, with the latter developing his skills to the point of attracting a £50 million move to Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Despite so many chances handed to Ibe over the past year to prove his ability, though, the 20-year-old has failed to live up to expectation.


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Decision making has proved a particiular weakness in Ibe's arsenal, suggesting he's not yet the intelligent footballer he's rumoured to become. The youngster tends to keep hold of the ball for too long, stalling on passes and playing them at the wrong time.

Where Ibe is strong is when dribbling at opponents using his pace and trickery, yet he's shown only glimpses of such talent.

As a result of the Englishman's consistency, Jurgen Klopp should consider giving Joao Teixeira more game time, the Brazilian likened to Liverpool fan favourite Philippe Coutinho.

Like his compatriot, Teixeira is a technically gifted midfielder and of the playmaker mould.

The 23-year-old has also proved his shooting ability on a number of occasions, more often than not finding the target, whereas Ibe's shooting is often wayward.

Amidst a time where his side are struggling to find the net, Klopp should entrust his Brazilian starlet with greater responsibility, especially given the poor form shown by Ibe and the likes of Christian Benteke in front of goal.

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