COMMENT By Coral Barry
Jordon Ibe’s petty social media behaviour has hinted at a summer move away from Liverpool after the frustrated winger publicly distanced himself from the club.
The youngster has managed just three minutes of action for the first team since March and Football Insider revealed on Monday that Ibe had spent time on Sunday wiping his Twitter and Instagram accounts of any reference to Liverpool.
Ibe, 20, has found playing time few and far between under Jurgen Klopp and his lashing out seems to have been a direct result of his manager’s decision to drop him from the matchday squad that welcomed Stoke to Anfield on Sunday.
However, a permanent move away in the summer is unlikely given the length of Ibe’s contract and the obvious talent the youngster possesses.
Ibe only signed a new five-year-deal in May after he was rewarded for his eye-catching performances when he broke into the first team in January of last year after being recalled from his loan deal at Derby.
Nevertheless, his behaviour could be frowned upon by the club after Liverpool spent the tail end of last season dealing with the antics of another unhappy academy graduate, Raheem Sterling.
The England Under-21 international has already spent time developing away from the club at Birmingham and then Derby and if playing time is the issue then Ibe could potentially be appeased with another loan deal next season.
Watford are among the clubs who have been strongly linked with a bid to take the player on loan next season.
Ibe was one of Liverpool’s stand-out performers in pre-season, but his form considerably tailed off once the competitive term got underway and he has become an increasingly peripheral figure at Anfield.
All this in the midst of an excellent week for Liverpool’s youngsters with Kevin Stewart and Sheyi Ojo making their full Premier League debuts in the 4-1 rout of Stoke.
Ibe became a Red at 16 after joining from Wycombe Wanderers and has drawn comparisons to one of Liverpools greatest recent academy product, Sterling.
Sterling exploded onto the scene as a 17-year-old in 2012 and moved to Manchester City for a massive £50million last summer after he spent his remaining months at Liverpool antagonising for a big money move away.
Liverpool will be eager to avoid losing another one of their best youth stars again this year, but so far have made no comment on the future of the winger.
In other Liverpool news, Stewart revealed the three things Klopp told him before his debut.