Despite making 25 Premier League appearances, including 10 starts for Liverpool, Jordon Ibe seems far from happy with his progress at the club, and he is looking for regular opportunities elsewhere to rebuild his fragile confidence.
Ibe, comfortable playing on both flanks, hasn’t quite filled the boots left by Raheem Sterling, but at 20, he still has time on his side to develop into a terrific player.
The youngster has featured more regularly in Liverpool’s European campaign this season, and all of his three goals have come in various cup games (two League Cup, one Europa League) for the Reds.
He came on as a second half substitute against Villarreal at El Madrigal, and started in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea last Sunday, but had failed to make any impact in either of these games.
The England U-21 international has shown flashes of brilliance at times, but has yet to prove his potency and consistency for the Reds which is a big concern for the Liverpool manager.
“I heard from somewhere that Jordon has some problems with me or something? Only a few young players can come up, and sometimes they are in the squad, sometimes not. He’s still a brilliant, big, big talent which is very good for English football,” said Klopp recently.
However, with Klopp looking to rebuild his squad in the summer, and a few top quality attacking players are expected to arrive, Ibe could slip way down the pecking order at the club.
The 20-year-old is therefore considering a move away from Anfield, as recent reports suggest, with Liverpool willing to listen to offers for him at the end of the season. A host of Premier League clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and Watford are monitoring his situation, with the later reportedly plotting a loan move for the Reds winger.
Ibe has four years remaining on the £35,000-a-week contract he signed in May last year, and Klopp would loath to sell him, knowing the youngster can still fulfil his vast potential.
Possibly, a loan move to any mid-table Premier League club would be an ideal case scenario for Ibe, as he needs regular games under his belt to boost his confidence.