Liverpool secured their first win of the Europa League Group Stages at the fourth time of asking with an assured victory over Russian outfit Rubin Kazan. Dominating throughout, the Reds once against struggled in the final third, spurning a multitude of chances throughout with Jordon Ibe’s first senior goal for the club all that separated the two sides.
To be fair though, it was a goal that deserved all three-points with the 19-year old bagging himself a spectacular solo effort that finished with a satisfying thump off the post with Tartars ‘keeper Sergei Ryzhikov well beaten.
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Looking like a different player under Jurgen Klopp, the youngster put in a impressive performance throughout the whole 90-minutes that will surely put him in contention to face Crystal Palace at the weekend. Despite finding the net, there’s still obvious room for improvement in his game with only 67% of his shots troubling the ‘keeper. That wasn’t the only part of Ibe’s game though with the youngster winning 11/14 of his take-ons, creating two chances for his teammates and, heavily involved in their expansive play, completed 89% of his passes to help Liverpool maintain a staggering 68% of the ball — something that will surely please Klopp.
“The situation was that Jordon played a bad pass and maybe it was because he needed glasses – that was my opinion and I don’t need them so often!” joked the German manager, explaining why he’d offered the young winger his glasses after he misplaced a pass in training. “But it for sure was not the reason for his performance today. He is a very good lad, a very skilled player and a really big talent – he is fast, strong, good at dribbling,” he continued. “He has a lot to learn, but has a really good base. He feels good at the moment and we could see it tonight,” said Klopp, before adding, “Like everyone, he has to work hard – he is very young and has a long way to go. He has to learn and if he is prepared to listen, everything will be good.”