Liverpool balls: Rodgers cranks up the pressure on Jordan Ibe
Liverpool manger Brendan Rodgers is complaining about Londoner Jordon Ibe, the 19-year-old with two Reds’ games under his belt.
“If he was a European player, a foreign player, people would be raving about him.”
You mean like, say, Mario Balotelli, on whom Rodgers and Liverpool invested £16m?
They are raving about Ibe. The Daily Mail says:
Jordan Ibe shines for Liverpool
Steven Gerrard called Ibe “fantastic”.
You see, Brendan, English players do get rave reviews. Foreigners don’t all get special treatment.
But English players can be hyped. Says Rodgers of Ibe’s game against Everton:
“He’s a very, very talented player, you saw that in the game, saw his temperament. He can go into any arena in the world now.”
If he were foreign, people would be raving about Ibe, says Rodgers. As it is Ibe’s English and Rodgers is, er, raving and raving about him.
“He’s an incredible talent for one so young. To go to Goodison and play with that control… he has great technique, he’s so smooth. He’s got a soft touch on the ball. Tactically he’s very good for a young player. Hopefully this game will fast-track his development. I would expect big thigs…”
You see homegrown players can get rave reviews. They also get a tonne of pressure.