By Tom Blackburn
Twitter went into shock following the reports that Liverpool have accepted a £15million bid from Bournemouth for winger Jordan Ibe.
Football Insider initially reported on Thursday that Bournemouth had tabled an offer for Ibe on Tuesday night, before following that up with the revelation that Klopp had unexpectedly accepted the deal.
It is said that Ibe remains part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans but the Reds manager feels the winger should be allowed the opportunity to talk to Eddie Howe’s team.
It is a major shock that Ibe could now leave Anfield permanently, although there is also the possibility he could be allowed to go out on a season-long loan in order to gain regular first-team experience.
Ibe broke into the Liverpool team two years ago under Brendan Rodgers and caught the eye with some impressive displays on the flanks but his progress stalled under Klopp in 2015-16.
Eddie Howe’s team have made a move that would shatter their club-record transfer fee just days after losing Matt Ritchie to Newcastle.
There were mixed responses to the bumper fee for the youngster – with some fans feeling £15million is a great deal for Liverpool, while others are hoping the youngster doesn’t turn into a great international star that got away.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Ibe going for £15m? I'll drive him to Southampton myself
— Steve Edwards (@steve_edws) July 7, 2016
I thought Klopp was all for developing youngsters – why sell one of the hottest prospects in Ibe for £15 million to Bournemouth? #LFC
— Ross Perry (@verossiraptor13) July 7, 2016
Buy back clause necessary in the Ibe Deal. #LFC
— UtkarshLFC (@iUtkarshJoshi) July 7, 2016
Ibe, Sterling and Shelvey cost Liverpool an initial £3 million? Liverpool sold the three of them for around £75 million.
— Klopp (@BundesligaLFC) July 7, 2016
An actual club run by adults are going to buy Jordan Ibe for 15m. This is criminal.
— Dd. (@Snexyglen) July 7, 2016
£15m for Ibe… Easy money. Over rated player too. Plus we already have Ojo who looks a better player.
— Malcolm Pillay (@MalcolmPillay92) July 7, 2016
How is Ibe 15 million? Seriously the price of players over last few years has turned into a joke
— B Dineen (@b_dineen) July 7, 2016
In other Liverpool news, they have been given a huge boost ahead of their opening league game against Arsenal.