Ibe’s Bournemouth woes make great reading for Liverpool

When Raheem Sterling swapped Liverpool for Manchester City in the summer of 2015 many Kopites were not worried. Granted, the former QPR trainee shone at Anfield, but the widely-held belief was that Jordon Ibe was just as talented and had more potential than his (slightly) senior team-mate.

However, those thoughts seem a lifetime away now, with the 21-year-old plying his trade at Bournemouth after failing to make the grade under Jurgen Klopp. The Merseysiders sold the pacey wide-man to the Cherries for a whopping £15m last summer, with the English-player-premium a real factor in the deal.

Again, Ibe was expected to flourish with regular game time and the attention of an up-and-coming coach in Eddie Howe, but the story hasn’t had a happy ending just yet…

As the numbers show, Ibe has struggled at the Vitality Stadium, with his 930 minutes of action equating to just over 40% of Bournemouth’s total across the season, which is a concern given that he’s made 19 league appearances (12 starts) in total. The winger’s shot accuracy is also worryingly low at 20% from 15 efforts, while he’s yet to score or make an assist.

There’s talent there in Ibe, but, as things stand, Liverpool got the better end of the £15m deal.