The report claims that north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have expressed an interest in our England youth international, while Watford are also eyeing the 20-year-old.
Ibe has four years left on a £35,000/week deal, and we wouldn’t consider allowing him to leave cheaply considering his potential to improve and develop into an elite Premier League attacker.
At the start of this season, Ibe was in Liverpool’s first-choice starting XI under Brendan Rodgers, but he lost his spot after some poor performances and has never truly established himself under Klopp. The youngster’s featured 39 times in total, but rarely from the start, with questions raised over his ability to work as hard defensively as he does going forward.
It’s important that Ibe’s career doesn’t plateau, and a loan spell – with a recall clause in case we suffer an injury crisis – might be best for 2016/17.
He shone at Derby at the beginning of last season, and returned to Liverpool in good, confident form. Some of that confidence seems lost at the moment, and a spell with a lower to mid-table Premier League club next term might do him wonders.
It’s crucial that Ibe starts games, and with Lazar Markovic returning from a loan spell and further attacking midfield acquisitions expected, the 20-year-old’s opportunities might be slim.
We’re not sure where Squawka pulled Arsenal and Spurs from, but a move to Watford could be perfect.