Liverpool’s recent transfer business under Jurgen Klopp has been outstanding. Going from signing the likes of Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli under Brendan Rodgers to securing top talents in the shape of Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and many more under the German, the club has come a long way on that front.
The same could be said about player sales, too, with Klopp getting excellent value by selling the likes of Dominic Solanke and Rhian Brewster. However, he played a particular blinder over the sale of Jordon Ibe.
Ibe came through the club’s academy and broke into the first team under Rodgers in 2014/15, which led to some labelling him the next “Raheem Sterling”, a billing which obviously didn’t help the player in the long run.
The winger got various opportunities when Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015, but following the end of the campaign, he was sold to Bournemouth for £15m in August 2016 as the German aimed to bring in his own players and stamp his authority on the team.
This turned out to be a masterstroke, especially when you look at the player’s career since leaving Anfield.
His time on the south coast didn’t exactly go to plan and his stock has dropped significantly since, moving to Derby in 2020 and playing only one match before leaving for Adanaspor in Turkey.
His market value now sits at a paltry £360k, proving that perhaps Klopp knew something nobody else did and justifying the belief that young players in England seem to go for far greater transfer fees than their true worth.
Ibe is still only 26, and from an early career which showed so much promise, it’s a shame to see how it has turned out. There is still time to change his fortunes, but it is slowly running out.