Liverpool entered this month's international break with a first defeat in the Jürgen Klopp era that showcased the need to improve in attack as well as defence. There were, however, some displays from the home side that give cause for optimism. Jordon Ibe can certainly be counted among them.
The 19-year-old youngster lost his way a bit earlier in the season but seems to have rediscovered his confidence and attacking intent in his game. Jan Mølby reflected on Ibe's winning goal and bright display against Rubin Kazan in midweek, highlighting the key role Liverpool's new manager has played in helping the England youth international find his way again. On Sunday, Ibe's resurgence continued.
Whether it was carrying the ball into space in central areas or tearing down the right, Ibe was a problem for the away side. What was particularly noteworthy was his use of the ball around the box. Ibe's speed, dribbling, and close control made him an effective outlet, but his cutbacks and crosses forced Crystal Palace to to be vigilant defensively. His link up with Nathaniel Clyne on the right was another positive feature and led to Philippe Coutinho's equaliser, which ended a lovely team move.
Ibe's presence and quality underlines how quality wide players can transform Liverpool's game under Klopp, but it appears that Jordon Ibe is ready to provide the width, pace, efficiency, workrate, and directness from one side of the pitch. As a young player, it is inevitable that his form will dip again sometime in the future, but for now, Ibe looks like an important player for Liverpool in the 4-2-3-1 system that Klopp has used in the past week.