Jordon Ibe: Why I was shocked after Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool forward Jordon Ibe admits it was a bit of a shock to hear the Reds had sacked Brendan Rodgers
Jordon Ibe has admitted that he was a bit shocked to hear that Liverpool had sacked Brendan Rodgers.
The Northern Irishman was issued with his marching order just hours after Liverpool played out a goalless draw with Everton in October’s Merseyside derby.
With it happening a few hours after the derby game there was no real chance to say a proper goodbye
Ibe broke into the Liverpool first-team under Rodgers before he signed a new long-term Reds contract in the summer following an impressive second half of the season.
And the 19-year-old Liverpool startlet paid tribute to his former manager after Rodgers helped the England Under-21 international improve facets of his game.
“One of the biggest areas that he developed in my game was how I made forward runs. Before Brendan started working with me I probably wasn’t getting them exactly right,” Ibe told Liverpool Echo.
“The other thing was the freedom he gave me. As a young player that is great to have.
“It was a bit of a shock to hear he had gone. With it happening a few hours after the derby game there was no real chance to say a proper goodbye.”
Ibe scored his first Liverpool goal in a 1-0 victory over Rubin Kazan in the Europa League last Thursday.
The Liverpool forward has featured in six of Jurgen Klopp’s seven games in charge of the Merseyside outfit.
However, the former Borussia Dortmund manager has only started the winger against Bournemouth, Rubin Kazan and Southampton.