LIVERPOOL will listen to offers for Jordon Ibe in the summer as the midfielder seeks regular playing opportunities to rebuild his fragile confidence, amid interest from Watford, Arsenal and Tottenham.
However, it’s more likely the 20-year-old will be loaned out in the upcoming transfer window, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp still hopeful that the youngster can fulfil his potential.
It’s thought the Reds will price Ibe out of a permanent transfer, with four years remaining on the £35,000-a-week contract he signed in May last year to reward his breakthrough into the first-team.
Despite being a regular starter during the first half of this season, there have been some suggestions Ibe has struggled to adapt to Klopp’s demanding style of play.
But the Anfield boss denies any suggestion of a rift between himself and the player.
Klopp said: “I heard from somewhere that Jordon has some problems with me or something?
“Only a few young players can come up, and sometimes they are in the squad, sometimes not. He’s still a brilliant, big, big talent which is very good for English football.”
Liverpool signed Ibe from Wycombe as a 16-year-old in 2012. After loan spells at Birmingham and Derby, he broke into the Reds’ team under last season under Brendan Rodgers.
And, although he has as made 39 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season, the England Under-21 international has struggled to find consistency, completing 90 minutes just twice in the Premier League.
Ibe has no agent but is represented by his stepfather and a lawyer and talks are expected to be held in the next three weeks to decide on his immediate future.
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