Liverpool’s summer transfer window was filled with mega money acquisitions and the club are reaping the rewards of their activity thus far.
With 6 straight victories to report in all-competitions it’s an incredibly promising start to the season from the Reds. Fenway Sports Group will be pleased to see that their investments are paying off thus far as they struggled to offload a handful of fringe players in order to balance the books.
Danny Ings completed a loan switch to Southampton which will eventually see the Saints part with £20 million to secure his signature permanently at the end of the season, but aside from that Liverpool only managed to sell Danny Ward to Leicester for a fee of £12.6 million.
In the modern era plenty of the top clubs are beginning to use their academy systems to balance the books rather than to bring through the next generation of young talent, and Liverpool’s decision to sell Jordon Ibe in 2016 was a prime example of that growing trend.
Ibe wasn’t a direct product of Liverpool’s academy as he joined the club from Wycombe Wanderers for a fee of just £540k aged just 16.
The teenager was sent straight into Liverpool’s u18 squad where he rapidly progressed into the u23 squad and then the senior side before he enjoyed mixed success during loan spells with both Birmingham City and Derby County.
The exposure Ibe gained during his time on loan put Liverpool in a commanding situation in the transfer market but they still did incredibly well to get £16.2 million in 2016.
Indeed, the dazzling dribbling skills, youthful exuberance and startling pace which Ibe showed during his development convinced Bournemouth to fork out a significant sum to secure his services.
At the time it was deemed as the best move for Ibe’s career due to the intense competition for first-team places at Liverpool.
However, Ibe has struggled to reach the high level which fans and pundits alike have predicted him to reach since he moved to Bournemouth.
He has just 3 goals and 8 assists to show from his time at the club thus far and he’s now struggling to break into the first-team amid competition from the likes of Ryan Fraser and new recruit David Brooks.
At just 22-years-of-age it’s far too early to write Ibe off, but on the evidence of how his career has panned out since leaving Merseyside it’s fair to say that Liverpool made an excellent decision to offload him when his value was inflated by his scope for future development.
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