Liverpool’s 19-year-old teenage sensation Jordan Ibe, burst onto the scene on Saturday night with a tremendous performance in the Merseyside Derby. Many people would agree that he was the best player on the pitch, nearly scoring a sensational goal after a 60 yard dash. Considering it was a big derby match, the kind of which Ibe wouldn’t have experienced before, he didn’t let the pressure get to him and played his natural game quite brilliantly.
Playing as right wingback, Ibe showed his defensive qualities by tracking back when needed, and put in a high energy shift where he never stopped running. At just 19, Ibe could very well emulate Raheem Sterling and become the next Premier League star to emerge at Anfield.
Ibe started his career at Wycombe Wanderers and made his debut at just 15 years of age against Colchester in the League Cup. Shortly after he became Wycombe’s youngest ever Football League player, and before long, their youngest ever goalscorer too.
Liverpool quickly snapped him up but, Ibe had to wait until the 2013/14 before getting regular football on loan at Birmingham. He made 11 appearences at St. Andrew’s, scoring once during his spell at the club. However, it was Ibe’s loan move to Derby when he really started to emerge as a future star.
Scoring five times in 20 outings, Ibe was an outstanding performer for the club and played a big role in their promotion chasing exploits. Playing predominately on the left wing, Ibe used his extreme pace and trickery to make Championship defenders’ lives a misery for five or so months.
In terms of his international career, Ibe has made his way through England’s youth ranks being capped at the under 18, 19 and now the under 20 levels. With the under 21 European Championships taking place in the summer, it wouldn’t be a bad decision to have Ibe in the squad as he seemingly has a lot to offer already.
A player with great acceleration and pace, Jordan Ibe has what it takes to become a star in English football. A winger who can play on either flank and loves to cut inside, Ibe also boasts a keen eye for goal. Whilst his finishing abilities will improve, he has fantastic creative and technical attributes that can see him go far for Liverpool in the Premier League.
Willing to help out with defending when needed, this is a great sign as many youngsters of today focus more on attacking rather than put the hard yards in tracking back. At such a young age, there is obviously areas in which can be improved on. But with all the talent and ability, if he can continue to put in performances as in the Merseyside Derby, then it is hard not to see a future great player for Liverpool.