Klopp ‘absolutely’ denies Ibe rift; praises ‘brilliant, big, big talent’

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Jurgen Klopp was keen to shut down suggestions that Jordon Ibe has fallen out with him following today’s victory over Bournemouth.

The winger made his first Premier League start since the 5-4 win against Norwich, which was way back in January, and did well on the left wing in our 4-2-3-1 formation.

Ibe had made some noises on social media that left fans believing he was unhappy, but Klopp told supporters the youngster’s lack of playing time is a normal thing for a developing player.

“I heard from somewhere that Jordon has some problems with me or something?” he told the Echo. “Absolutely not.

“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. He did well today with the pass for the first goal, and the cross for the second. I was very happy.”

Ibe’s performance was promising, but unfortunately for him, he was outshone by Sheyi Ojo on the other flank, with the 18-year-old possibly climbing above Ibe in the wingers pecking order.

Our 20-year-old was good on the ball today and played a part in both our goals, however. He played the pass to Daniel Sturridge which led to Roberto Firmino’s opener and took a perfect set-piece which Sturridge nodded in as well.

He often cut inside when we were breaking though, which showed a lack of confidence. Importantly though, Ibe kept on to the ball in tight situations, and his simple passes helped us dominate possession.

It’s not clear how many more opportunities Ibe will get before the summer, but he did his chances no harm today.

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