Jordon Ibe has played a staring role in Liverpool’s recent success…
Jordon Ibe has been in stunning form for Liverpool since fighting his way into the first-team earlier this month, making six first-team appearances and winning an insurmountable number of plaudits.
The 19-year-old has played a starring role in the wins over Tottenham Hotspur, Besiktas and Southampton, as well as the Merseyside derby draw with Everton, causing the Daily Mail to look into the early days of his career.
Ibe was first watched by Liverpool scout Mel Johnson, who joined the Reds shortly after the appointment of Damien Comolli as technical director in 2010, and is also credited with finding Sheyi Ojo.
Johnson first brought Ibe to the attention of Queens Park Rangers, where he worked as their chief scout. So when Fenway Sports Group took over at Anfield, and a fresh impudence was placed on finding young talent, Ibe was one of the first names on Johnson’s list.
Liverpool had the inside track on just how good Ibe could become, leading to us offering Wycombe Wanderers £750,000 for the player, compared to the £75,000 offered by Tottenham Hotspur.
Ibe then got his initial break with the first-team under Kenny Dalglish. The iconic Scotsman was short on players for a six-a-side training game, and decided to give the youngster the chance to show what he could do.
Despite being just 16, Ibe proceeded to score twice in a game that also included Luis Suarez, much to the disbelief of the Uruguayan forward, who attempted to claim that his new teammate must be ‘at least 18’.
Johnson was fired in November, while Frank McParland, our club’s academy director, and Comolli have both since left – but it’s worth remembering the legacy that they’ve left at Anfield.