Though he's currently sidelined with a knee injury that's expected to keep him from training with his teammates for the next two weeks, youngster Jordon Ibe remains bullish about his prospects following the arrival of Jürgen Klopp. Having found top form under the new manager following a sluggish start to the season, it's easy to see why.
Ibe became Liverpool's next great youth hope last season when he was recalled from his Derby County loan in January, but few were in worse form than the young winger to start the current season. The arrival of Klopp on Merseyside gave him an immediate boost, and he soon impressed enough in a handful of cameos to earn starts the last two games—and was one of Liverpool's best performers in both.
"The fact that the young players he brought in [at Dortmund] were a big part of the success is very encouraging for guys like me," said Ibe when asked to judge the new manager's early impact. "Of course, those youngsters at Dortmund didn't just become a little bit better either—some of them, like Robert Lewandowski, have become players who are operating at the highest level in the Champions League."
It's an awfully high bar to set, but coming off his first senior goal for the club and his second man of the match-performance in a row, anything seems possible for Ibe. Over the weekend, his manager said he has all the tools to become a truly great player, and it's hard to argue. The only question is whether he can put it all together, and his response to Klopp's arrival has certainly made it seem more likely he will.
"Hopefully he can help me and some of the lads here do the same [as Lewandowski]," Ibe added. "I'm hoping my attributes—pace and strength and being able to go past people—will suit the way he wants to play and I can get some opportunities."