Jordon Ibe, another miserable case of unfilled potential.
Signed as a budding 16-year-old from Wycombe Wanderers in 2011, the world lay at the young Englishman’s feet, with Liverpool more than prepared to hand him the platform from which he could perform. Ibe made his Premier League debut two years later but failed to score his first goal in the competition until May 2016, which came against West Brom – hardly a behemoth side, but good enough to secure his future right?
Wrong. Like teasing a child with an ice cream before cruelly lobbing it to a greedy seagull (just to confirm, none of us have ever done that), Ibe’s first ever league goal would come in his last ever game for the club. Shame. Shame. Shame, and all that jazz.
(Not a bad little finish, to be fair to the lad)
By the time it came to the end of his short and admittedly ‘meh’ career at Anfield, we all pretty much said the same thing. It was a case of being neither here nor there for Ibe, who showed us on the odd occasion that he could be a truly special player, but then went missing the next…but then showed up again, and so on and so on. It was a bit of a headache really.
Indeed, you just never really knew what player was going to turn up on the day and when you compare that to, say, Sadio Mane – a man of remarkable consistency – you can sort of begin to understand why Klopp saw fit to send him on his way (with a nice big huge we’re sure).
Jordan Ibe was shipped off to Bournemouth for a club-record £15million in July 2016, and there he remains a sort of forgotten prodigy with little to no evidence that he was worth the initial investment.
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