Jordon Ibe is probably Liverpool’s hottest prospect. At just twenty years old he is already pushing his way into a Jurgen Klopp first team. That is no easy feat.
However, Ibe’s only real first team competition is Adam Lallana. Lallana came into Liverpool during the 14/15 summer transfer market for a big chunk of cash, twenty two million Euros to be exact.
Lallana’s transfer seemed to be of great importance to a Liverpool squad who had recently lost star man Luis Suarez. He wasn’t and will never be as good as Suarez but it seemed like a step in the right direction and brought excitement amongst fans as they anticipated the new season.
However, Lallana is yet to justify his price tag and so far has underperformed in the famous red jersey. This is where Ibe comes in. Ibe showed such potential during his loan at Derby County that he earned himself an early recall.
His progress didn’t end there, however, and he went on to make a couple of appearances under Brendan Rodgers. When Jurgen Klopp took over the reigns at Liverpool, he too saw Ibe’s potential and put him into the starting eleven for a couple of cup ties.
Ibe went on to show his worth scoring the winner in Russia against Rubin Kazan and then scoring again during Liverpool’s 6-1 thrashing of Southampton during the Capital One Cup quarter final.
He took this confidence into the semi final too, showing great signs of his talent and hunger to perform which resulted in scoring the winner again this time against Stoke.
These goals took his season tally to three. For a young, inexperienced winger this is not bad at all. Lallana has only scored twice in many more appearances, which for a twenty two million Euro man is not good enough.
On the field both players show great determination, Ibe with maybe a bit more hungrier. The difference is Lallana’s first touch is almost always absolutely brilliant. However, once in possession of the ball he begins to struggle and often loses out to defenders. He also tries to many tricks which often sees a chance disappear.
Ibe’s first touch may not be as good, however, once in possession his determination, pace and ability to find his team mates proves to good for most defenders.
No matter how bad a situation Liverpool find themselves in, Ibe is always a positive sign and brings a feeling of relief when in possession. He always seems desperate to get the ball back and often can be found in Liverpool’s half of the field defending his own goals.
Lallana and Ibe are both gifted players, however, I personally believe Ibe should be starting ahead of Lallana in the bigger games such as the City and Chelsea games.
With Ibe now out with a hamstring issue, Lallana has a few games to either prove he is the man for the position or get ready to make way for the up-and-coming talent that is Ibe.
Written by @CStephenson_9