Saturday 18 November 2017

Ibe got a lot to learn from Klopp

Young forward Crystal clear on Reds future

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Jordon Ibe at the end of the match
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Jordon Ibe at the end of the match
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe is keen to learn as much as possible from manager Jurgen Klopp as he introduces new ideas in training.

The 19-year-old scored his first goal for the club in the 1-0 Europa League win against Rubin Kazan in Russia having come back into the frame having fallen out of the picture under previous boss Brendan Rodgers.

After the match Klopp said Ibe still had plenty of developing to do and the youngster is keen to benefit from the German's vast experience.

"He's a great manager, I'm delighted to be working with him," he said ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash at home to Crystal Palace.

"He's showing me new things in training and obviously training is different now so I'm learning.


"Hopefully I can keep getting the experience I need and he can develop me into a good player.

"Everybody's doing well in training and we're just delighted as a group to be doing well now.

"Hopefully we can just keep winning games and make it a repetition now."

Ibe's goal ended a run of three successive 1-1 draws and has put Liverpool on the brink of qualification for the knock-out stage with a game to spare.

If they beat Group B's third-pace side Bordeaux at Anfield on November 26 they will be through to the last 32.

"I was delighted to get the goal, obviously," added Ibe.

"It was a good through-ball from (Roberto) Firmino and I was just happy to get it on target and in and I'm happy for the team to win the game.

"We got the points we need and now hopefully we can (keep) doing well and in our home games in the Europa League."

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet kept his third clean sheet in six matches under Klopp and the Belgium international admits players are benefiting hugely from his input having now registered three successive victories - all in different competitions.

"He has given the lads a lot of confidence and everyone knows what their job is - he is clear with his message," he said. "Everyone is organised, everyone knows what they have to do and we don't give anything away.


"It's nice to win games, especially away from home, but there is no point flying high and thinking about things we can't do.

"We need to keep both feet on the floor, work hard and improve in training."

Klopp is likely to recall playmaker Philippe Coutinho for tomorrow's clash.

The Brazil international, scorer of two goals in last weekend's win at Chelsea, was rested for the midweek win against Rubin Kazan in Russia as was Adam Lallana, centre-back Martin Skrtel and midfielder Lucas Leiva, and most are expected to regain their places.

Captain Jordan Henderson is gradually edging closer to fitness after an operation on a broken foot and has started some light running sessions but he is still a few weeks away from being in contention.

Palace's Dwight Gayle faces a late fitness test on his hamstring before manager Alan Pardew selects his starting XI.

The forward's potential absence further weakens Pardew's options, with Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh also out, though both are expected to return following the international break.

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