Rodgers: Liverpool’s Ibe leading the way for young Brits

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised youngster Jordon Ibe after the teenager impressed in the Merseyside derby draw with Everton, ESPN has reported.

Ibe started on the right of the Reds’ midfield and in the first-half struck the angle of post and crossbar with a long-range effort after a solo run from his own half, Toffees goalkeeper Joel Robles unable to get a hand to the shot. It was Ibe’s first start after spending time on loan at Derby County and Rodgers has lauded the former Wycombe Wanderers winger.

“It is easy for me to put an experienced player in, but you look at the talent on show with some of the British boys,” Rodgers said. “This is a real, real springboard for Jordon. He has always showed flashes and come on in games and you have wondered: ‘Can he do it?’ So to come to Goodison and play like he did, showing that confidence and temperament was outstanding – that will really help his development and push him on.”

Ibe moved to Anfield from Wycombe in January 2012, having made 10 appearances and scored once for the Chairboys. He was on loan at Birmingham City for the final three months of last season, making 11 appearances and scoring one goal for the Midlands side, and racked up 24 games and five goals for Steve McClaren’s promotion-chasing Rams.

The derby itself ended goalless, with Liverpool remaining some 12 points and five places above their city rivals. Ibe played the full 90 minutes of the contest.

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