Jordan Ibe hopes Jurgen Klopp can perform the same magic on him at Liverpool as he did Robert Lewandowski at Borussia Dortmund.
Ibe has recaptured his best form for Liverpool under Klopp in recent weeks and scored his first senior goal last week to earn the Reds a 1-0 win at Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.
Klopp helped develop young players such as Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Shinji Kagawa into leading stars while in charge at Dortmund, and Ibe is hoping to similarly benefit from the German’s methods.
“He obviously did a great job at Borussia Dortmund,” Ibe said in the Liverpool Echo.
“The fact that the young players he brought in were a big part of the success is very encouraging for guys like me.
“Of course, those youngsters at Dortmund didn’t just become a little bit better either – some of them, like Robert Lewandowski, have become players who are operating at the highest level in the Champions League.
“Hopefully he can help me and some of the lads here do the same.
“The manager’s first few weeks at the club weren’t easy because initially everyone was away on international duty.
“Then it was straight into a run of having a game every few days and preparing for the specific opponents. It probably meant he couldn’t do as much on the training field as he wanted to.
“Training has been different. I think that’s always going to be the case when a new manager comes in.
“I’m hoping my attributes – pace and strength and being able to go past people – will suit the way he wants to play. I’m still a young player with a lot to learn.
“There is always pressure when you play for a big club. All I try to do is get my head down, work hard and hopefully earn a chance to play.”
Ibe grateful to Rodgers
Although he is relishing the chance to improve under Klopp, Ibe was also keen to praise Brendan Rodgers for giving him his first opportunity in the Liverpool first team.
“Brendan put me in the first team and gave me a debut when I was just 17,” Ibe said.
“Not many managers in the Premier League would do that. He helped me to come through and he’s done the same for other players here.
“One of the biggest areas that he developed in my game was how I made forward runs. Before Brendan started working with me I probably wasn’t getting them exactly right.
“The other thing was the freedom he gave me. As a young player that is great to have.
“It was a bit of a shock to hear he had gone. With it happening a few hours after the derby game there was no real chance to say a proper goodbye.
“I sent him a message. I think managers and players leaving clubs is a part of the game now.
“Unfortunately, football doesn’t promise anything for anybody. There are never any guarantees.”
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