Brendan Rodgers: Jordon Ibe can have breakthrough season

Brendan Rodgers backing Jordon Ibe to have a breakthrough campaign at Liverpool next season

Brendan Rodgers is hoping that Jordon Ibe can have a breakthrough season at Liverpool in 2014-15.

The 18-year-old forward is one of the most highly-rated talents coming through at Anfield but made just two appearances in all competitions last term.

And Rodgers is backing the England Under-19 international, who has been likened to Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, to have more of an impact at the Merseyside outfit next season.

“It’s going to be interesting for me to look at his development over pre-season,” Rodgers said of Ibe, who set up Liverpool’s goal in the 2-1 friendly defeat by Brondby on Wednesday.

“You saw tonight [Wednesday] that he’s a really exciting young player. He’s still only 18 years of age.

“He had a wonderful piece of skill and run for the goal, a good assist. That’s something that we’re looking to improve in Jordon – to score more goals and assists.

“He’s disappointed with his first touch when he was through on goal. He’s an exciting talent who is very good in the one-v-one and works very hard at his game.

“We give him time; I don’t necessarily need young players to be ready at 17 or 18, but certainly by 20 or 21, we want them to be ready.

“He’s a different type of player [to Raheem Sterling], but certainly both players like to beat people and commit defenders. They are very aggressive with the ball. It’s just looking at the next stage of his development so hopefully he can consistently do that.”

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