To the relief of football fans all over the county, the big transfer saga of the summer is over. After weeks of speculation Manchester City have signed Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling for a massive £49m.
The next step for Liverpool is to find the man to replace the England international at Anfield. The Reds have been linked to several world class wingers including Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Barcelona’s Pedro in recent days, however the club already have the perfect replacement in their ranks, Jordon Ibe
Ibe has been patiently waiting in the wings and should now be given the chance to fill the void left by Sterling.
The teenager was signed from Wycombe back in 2011 and has developed into a very talented young player with a massive future at Anfield – a sentiment agreed on by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who ensured one of the first pieces of business he completed this summer was to hand Ibe a new five year contract.
The 19-year-old winger broke into the first-team last season and quickly established himself as a regular in Rodgers’ side, his versatility impressed his manager who used him as a forward and wing back.
The youngster is of a similar mould to his predecessor, Sterling. He is quick and strong with a great eye for goal, but importantly has that end ball that was missing from the now City man’s early game.
The most impressive feature of the player is his attitude and determination, which should be an example to all footballers – he cut short his summer holiday to return to pre-season training early in a bid to cement his place in the side.
The winger is perfectly suited to the Liverpool footballing philosophy with his impressive technical and aerobic characteristics perfect for the high tempo, high pressing and technical football they play.
He provides the fans excitement every time he touches the ball, you know something is going to happen.
Derby supporters will testify to the player’s talent. Ibe was a massive factor in their rise to the top of the Championship last season, and the club never coped after Liverpool recalled the player in January – they ended up out of the play-offs.
Brendan Rodgers is known for his impressive work with younger players and by giving him a long run in the first team, the talented youngster will only continue to come on leaps and bounds, and he may even possess an outside chance of making England’s European Championship squad.
It won’t take long for the fans to forget all about Sterling, with all eyes on the new emerging wonderkid at Anfield.
The sky is the limit for the youngster and he certainly has the potential to go on to become a Liverpool icon.