Liverpool have agreed to sell England Under-21 winger Jordon Ibe to Bournemouth for £15 million. Ibe bust onto the scene at Liverpool during Brendan Rodgers tenure, but he saw his playing time reduced under Jurgen Klopp who preferred Sheyi Ojo towards the end of last season.
Liverpool signed him from Wycombe as a 16-year-old in January 2012 and he had loan spells at Birmingham and Derby before Brendan Rodgers gave him his big break in January 2015.
Ibe quickly became a fan favorite and many felt he could fill the void left by Raheem Sterling and develop into a better player than the former Liverpool man, but those predictions have not come to fruition.
When Klopp took over from Rodgers, Ibe was one of Liverpool’s best players in the first half of the season, marked by his Man of the Match performance away at Rubin Kazan, in which he scored the only goal of the game.
But as the season progressed, Ibe was unable to replicate that form and he fell out of favor with Klopp.
Despite that drop in form late last season it is surprising that Liverpool are ready to give up on the 20-year-old Ibe so quickly, especially since are hardly blessed with a plethora of wingers at the moment.
But the £15 million transfer fee might be too good for Liverpool to to turn down, given Ibe’s current squad status, and a move elsewhere will benefit the young Englishman too. The Reds agreed a 15 percent sell-on clause in the deal to sign him from Wycombe, meaning the League Two side would receive £2.25 million of the fee.
What do you think of Liverpool selling Jordon Ibe? Is the price too good to turn down, or are Liverpool once again flipping a young player for a profit as they seem to have a habit of doing under FSG?