- LocationLondon, England
- Squad Number33
Jordon Ibe was snapped up by the Academy from Wycombe Wanderers at the end of 2011 and is seen as a great prospect for the future, having risen quickly through the ranks.
The talented youngster, who can play up front or out on the wing, started his Anfield career at the Academy and began life at Liverpool with the U18 squad.
The Bermondsey-born wide-man possesses a combination of phenomenal speed and powerful upper-body strength, with his growth earning a place in the first-team squad that travelled to North America on pre-season tour in 2012.
After a series of outstanding displays in the FA Youth Cup, the then 17-year-old was handed a senior debut by Brendan Rodgers on the final day of the 2012-13 season and impressed at Anfield with an energetic display which included an assist for the winning goal.
Ibe subsequently participated in a second successive tour with the Reds – this time to Indonesia, Australia and Thailand in the summer of 2013 – and once more caught the eye with performances worthy of the first team.
Now a semi-permanent fixture in the manager’s matchday squads, Jordon is aiming to emulate the achievements of Raheem Sterling by establishing himself in Rodgers’ plans during the years to come.
As part of that development and to further increase his experience, Ibe temporarily joined Championship side Birmingham City in February 2014 in a loan deal until the end of the campaign, helping the Blues to avoid relegation.
He travelled to America with the Reds for another pre-season summer tour ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, during which he represented Derby County after agreeing a season-long stay at Pride Park.
Midway through the loan spell, on January 15, 2015, manager Rodgers recalled Ibe from the Championship outfit and the youngster returned to Melwood to rejoin his Liverpool teammates.
A series of mature displays meant Ibe was soon considered an important part of the the boss’ set-up and he committed his long-term future to Anfield by signing a new contract as the campaign concluded.
Although not yet a regular starter for the club, Ibe has begun to deliver on his promise – playing an influential role in a number of games in the 2014-15 campaign. Named man-of-the match in the Merseyside Derby in February 2015, he also played a key role three days later against Tottenham by setting up the winner in a 3-2 victory.
As Ibe begins to show his pace, skill and power in a Liverpool shirt, it seems that the youngster will follow in the footsteps of Raheem Sterling in making his way to the first-team.