Jordon Ibe has admitted that the entire squad are dreading the day that Steven Gerrard walks off the pitch in a Liverpool shirt for the final time – a date that is rapidly approaching, with just three games remaining.
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Gerrard will finish his career with the Reds this summer, having made the third most appearances and scored the fifth most goals. He will then head for the MLS, where he begins an 18-month deal with LA Galaxy.
Ibe, who joined us as a 16-year-old in 2011, is just one of the many players who hope to follow in their captain’s footsteps and become a Liverpool great. In a recent interview, he explained just why the iconic midfielder is such a huge inspiration and why his influence on and off the pitch will be sorely missed.
He told our official website: “[Gerrard]’s been a big deal for us. He’s always helped all the other players in the team.
“He’s helped a lot of the young lads, including me, so it’s going to be a shame to lose him. But I’m happy for him to continue his journey.
“Sometimes he doesn’t even have to say anything but you just see the way that he conducts himself on and off the pitch, you can just see that he’s a legend for the club.
“Playing with him, you just want to play to the best of your ability and it keeps you on your toes. He’s a great role model for the club and other players.”
It’s been a huge season for Ibe, who started the campaign on loan with Derby County before returning earlier this year. He’s since enjoyed an extended run in the first-team and put in several impressive performances, most notably in the Merseyside derby against Everton.