With the circus surrounding Raheem Sterling dominating the news, Liverpool Football Club have sought to add a bit of positivity to the day for fans by releasing news that fellow young attacker Jordon Ibe has signed a five-year deal. It had been rumoured the deal was all but done last week, and today it is official, with Ibe signing on through the 2020 season.
The promising 19-year-old attacker started the season out on loan with Derby County, and after impressing in the Championship he earned a recall to Liverpool in January, where he has since put in a number of encouraging performances on the wing. Despite his young age and only having spent half the season at Liverpool, Ibe has made 13 first team appearances for the club this season.
"I'm over the moon," said Ibe of signing a new, long-term deal. "It's something I've been looking forward to. I've spoken to the gaffer and I'm happy it's over and done with. Now I just want to kick on into next season, as well as the last game of this one. Liverpool are a great club and I like the philosophy here. I'm enjoying it—I’ve just been brought into the first team and I've enjoyed the games I've played in."
In other positive news, Jon Flanagan has also agreed to a 12-month extension to his current Liverpool contract, the club announced.