8 Feb 2015

'Well Done': LFC legends react to 'fantastic' star's 'sensational' performance against Everton

After an excellent midweek victory over Bolton, Liverpool came back down to earth with a thud on Saturday as Steven Gerrard's final Merseyside Derby failed to live up the exultant pre-match hype. The 0-0 result leaves the Reds potentially six points off fourth place, but there is one overriding positive from a forgettable game: an excellent overall performance from Jordon Ibe, which impressed LFC legends Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard.

After the game, Carra hailed Brendan Rodgers for 'giving youngsters a chance', and singled out Ibe for specific praise. He enthused:

"A big well done to Jordan Ibe today [and] Brendan Rodgers for being brave enough to play him in such a big game".

Gerrard was more effusive in his praise for 'fantastic' Ibe, and after the game, he raved:

"[Jordon] did fantastic. He was man of the match with a sensational performance. He was unlucky not to score with that unbelievable strike in the first half. If he keeps working hard, he'll be a terrific player".

And so it begins. Ibe has played one full game for Liverpool and he's already 'fantastic' and 'sensational', as well as 'brilliant' and 'wonderful', the post-match superlatives employed by Rodgers to describe the youngster's performance.

My views on unnecessary and irresponsible overpraise are well-documented on this site, so I won't repeat myself here, but the ridiculous hype-machine is back with a vengeance, and as always, it's serve to real proactive purpose.

For me, the major positive of Ibe's development is that Liverpool have a ready-made replacement in the ranks if Raheem Sterling decides to quit Anfield to pad-out his bank account.

As I've stated all along, I couldn't care less if Sterling leaves; someone else always comes through, and this time, it's Ibe who (seemingly) fits the bill.

Sell Sterling to the highest bidder, and put Ibe on a similar development path.

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47 comments:

  1. And so it begins. Jaimie again looking for pointless things to moan about ;) Gerrard said Ibe played fantastically. He also said he'll be terrific *if he works hard*. Whooooooooo cares?! If Ibe's career falters because Gerrard and Rodgers said a few glowing superlatives, then that's completely down to Ibe, not Gerrard, not Rodgers, not Carra, not anyone else who offer him appraisals drenched with praise. The players destined for success deal with it, the others don't.


    However, I do agree with your elsewhere-stated opinion that Ibe is naturally better than Sterling. To me, and probably to you, Ibe is more composed and skilful on the ball. And based on that almost-wonder hit, he seems to be a better striker of the ball too

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  2. Sunday morning and yet another pointless moan Jaime. does ur site need more traffic? Lol its either unsubstantiated rumours or deliberately controversial moans to try and stir some debate/traffic. The site does make me laugh though. So is sterling ur new suarez in terms of a popular player u pick on to get those hits? PS I don't mind if u do delete this post just as long as u read it.

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  3. I bet other fans today were thinking *shit, Liverpool have anyother top talent* I said a few weeks a go that I though Ibe could become even better than Sterling and some fans called me stupid. Ibe has more power and strikes the ball much better. Both will become very good though.

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  4. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:33 am, February 08, 2015

    We need both Ibe and Sterling. The assasination of Sterlings character and assumption that he is simply after money is annoying.

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  5. For LFC to prosper Sterling has to stay, they're BOTH the foundation of the club. On a slightly different note, why did we fork out 20mill for Markovic the 800m runner when Ibe showed great promise during preseason? Imagine putting that money towards a top striker.

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  6. Completely agree

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  7. There is thing called a squad. What this means is that if a player is injured or is not able to play who have another player who can step in. It also creates competition for for places.

    Using your logic we should only ever have 11 players in the entire squad

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  8. I hope Rodgers continues to give youth a chance. Hopefully the likes of Rossiter, Ojo and Jerome Sinclair will be next to progress. Anybody know how Brad Smith is progressing now? Could he be possibly phased in as Enrique's replacement?

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  9. You'll probably find that the loan period and playing in the championship has helped Ibe in regards to being grounded.

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  10. Your logic fails at the first sentence though. With Ibe, Sterling, Cou, Lallana and Gerrard we already had a squad worth of attacking midfielders. Whereas we lost Suarez, a goal scorer, and got a plan B and Balotelli (whatever he is, its not a goal scorer) in return. So if the squad had priority, another striker ahead of Marko would have made even more sense. Now I'm positive we got one with Origi but hes no god to us in Lille is he?

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  11. Or how about we hang on to them and try to progress as a team for a change?

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  12. I don't know how JK couldn't care if Sterling leaves. He's going to be a top player. I'd rather have two future top players in Sterling and Ibe than one.

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  13. Really. .. let's look at the 4 players you have mentioned.

    3 out of 4 players you mention all play in the middle, none can provide any real width or pace.

    Also one of them can bearly run anymore let alone play 3 games a week.

    On top of that what happens when one of the gets injured when we are playing 3 games a week... Then what?

    Yeah you would be complaing that we didn't strengthen in that area.

    I never said we didn't need a striker however to say that buying Markovic was a mistake because we had a young unproven player who showed promise in a summer knock about is ridiculous.

    The mistake was not buying Markovic but wasting 10 mil on Origi, 16 mil on Balotelli and wasting weeks chasing Sanchez who made it crystal clear he had no intention on joining us from day 1

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  14. Here's my logic. We have a young player in Ibe who cost us next to nothing, we fork out £20 million on an inferior player in every sense. So I'm all for squad investment but surely the principle must be that those coming in must be better than what we already have. Ibe showed in one game more promise than Markovic This season. Our priority was to replace Saurez's goals which we never did. I alongside many begged for Bony & Remy to come before the start of the season when we could still bargain with champions league. Yet we invested in players who have never been prolific. You can't ignore the fact that our poor transfers has held us back over the past 15 years & is why we couldn't kick on from last season.

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  15. Do you really mean 800m? Seems a bit far to me

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  16. I would think that whereas all players are replaceable there is a cost (and loss of utility) involved in letting your best players go before they have fully developed as players. Such a lackadaisical approach to looking after talent t could be viewed as more wasteful than a poor transfer buy.

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  17. I believe we need to do what we can to keep Sterling for as long as possible. He is only going to get better. There is a reason why Madrid want him and that is because he is one of the best talents out there.

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  18. Did anybody else experience that dull thud precisely in the pit of the stomach when Joe Allen was seen entering the contest yesterday. That awful nausea you get when you know exactly what is about to happen. Based on the team sport ethic that a side is only as strong as its weakest link, in one fell swoop this instantly put us on the same level of nothingness as our blue neighbours. The Welsh wizard never fails to live up to his expectations of anonymity and always delivers accordingly.

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  19. I'm not sure if I'm typin this correctly after gouging my eyes out after Allen came on -- strength and depth- only in terms of toilet paper and what it's used for

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  20. Completely agree. To me, it's just careless to say, 'meh, who cares, there WILL be another player who comes through the junior ranks!' How the hell do you know? And if they do, when? A year? 10 years? If you let him go, it means you're either relying on another youngster to come through, or you have to dip into the transfer market and buy a 'replacement'. Who cares if Ibe can replace Sterling? What if Rodgers has a vision to play them together in the future? So much effort that you could have saved if you instead tried to keep what you already had. Something which wasn't broken, but actually getting better.

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  21. Apparently Ojo played half an hour yesterday for Wigan and was their best player- their fans are raving about him today

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  22. Regardless of individuals, having to selling players that we want to keep sends out all the wrong signals to other clubs. Serious challengers do not do it.

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  23. gerrard is poor as a starter now should be only used as a impact player even his dead ball deliveries are poor now....

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  24. That's a good point, but it's an observation I made even before he was shipped out

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  25. Nevergonnacrackthecode11:31 am, February 08, 2015

    Why did you take my name?
    you are a fake

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  26. An even bigger problem here is that JK doesn't even want to keep Raheem

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  27. You're not suggesting Markovic provides width are you? Like Smicer was a winger maybe :-)

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  28. I have heard of people impersonating the lord of the manor but seldom the village idiot ;-)

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  29. Surely praise will bolster the players confidence and stop nerves getting the better of them. I appreciate that too much praise can be a bad thing but not enough is worse. Hardly a big talking point but considering the low standard of the game probably the only one Jaime could think of.

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  30. Fortunately that is not a problem

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  31. I'm not so sure Madrid want him.where would he play? Sterling has a lot to learn.his decision making yesterday was terrible..

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  32. Logan used to be okay, but then he found this infamous agenda of his...and fell in love with it...and started making babies with it.

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  33. I have heard of peole impersonating the Lord of the Manor but never the village idi@tj

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  34. Why not? He does play wide!

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  35. yeah like Gerrard, Lallana and Couthino do...

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  36. Having watched the game and then gone out for the evening, I have to say I am surprised at the hype I'm seeing lavished on Ibe. I thought he'd had a confident game. He had a speculative shot from distance, surprisingly hit the post, got to the byline and crossed once - in second half. Pleasing. But, MOM? Also felt overall, Can (wish he'd put an aitch in his name!) Had another excellent game, but must be careful he doesn't start believing his own hype.

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  37. Ha, I thought something was up with your name...you sound like a guy who actually would crack the code...

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  38. My biggest fear is that we are turning into a selling club.

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  39. You do need subs in the team...

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  40. Madrid want him. Spanish and UK media have been all over Sterling for months now.

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  41. Whether it's 'careless' or not is irrelevant. It's my opinion, and history shows that someone else always comes along. Liverpool have lost many great players over the years, and without exception, someone else always rises to the fore.

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  42. Whatever gives JK a chance to moan he'll take it. All summer we got articles on Lucas Killer - being dead buried and gone and right time for him to leave. Liverpool's resurgence has a lot to do with him, what about admitting he was wrong - no way. Too much ego in my opinion, how many articles have you read that start with "As I clearly stated and have been proved....". Never tell anybody "they had a great game", sometimes me thinks JK's does really understand human interaction, mentoring and encouragement.

    The only point I agree with JK is regarding BR's transfer policy.

    The internet, in this case, is definitely the playground of fools.

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  43. I think Jaime u were never praised as a child, and cringe when u hear overwrought praise. Look he played very well in a big built game, let him have I'd praise.

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  44. What I'm trying to say is applying your opinion to the decision making at Liverpool would be careless

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