Jordon Ibe is desperately wanted by both the England and Nigeria football federations – and both are trying to convince the starlet to commit his international future, reports the Echo.
Ibe’s been playing for various England youth sides at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level, but on Wednesday, officials from Nigeria travelled to Melwood in an attempt to persuade Ibe – who has a Nigerian father.
Ibe, despite being born in London, will no doubt have been flattered, as Nigeria head coach Sunday Oliseh actually turned up to speak to the 19-year-old flyer.
It’s no surprise to see Nigeria wanting Ibe, who has been easily our best player during pre-season, and is a strong possibility to start versus Stoke on Premier League opening day.
From a Liverpool perspective though, it would be beneficial for Ibe to choose England. Not only would it likely be a year or so before he came a regular for England, whilst he’d get into Nigeria’s side now, but if he chose to represent the latter, we’d have him unavailable for one month every two years due to the African Cup of Nations.