You can talk all you want about Raheem Sterling and his potential, but I can't help thinking that Manchester City have paid 50 Million GBP for the wrong red. There is no doubt that the England international has a certain amount class. Lightning pace, skill and an ever increasing eye for goal make him a dangerous prospect for any defender. But all too often he is muscled out of things. Sterling is quickly gaining a reputation for going to ground far too easy or as a player that goes missing when his side really needs him. The doubts surrounding his game have seen many experts wondering what he would be like with just a little more height and size that would allow him to protect the ball just that little bit better.
Well it seems that all within Anfield had already seen such a sight, which made it easier to take when Sterling decided to walk through the clubs exit door. Jordan Ibe has been a revelation this summer as he looks to cement his place within the first team. In many ways he is very similar to the player that many are tipping him to replace. Like Sterling he is lightning quick and has great skill. But there is just something about his game that suggests he has more in his locker than Manchester City's new number seven could ever wish for.
"He’s been outstanding since he's been out here and he's staken a real claim to start the season in the team," said an excited Brendan Rodgers. "[It was a] wonderful goal, I thought he was a threat all night with his pace, his quality and it was wonderful finish cutting inside and a great strike. He was very good and like I say he has been working very hard."
Ibe has an intimidating presence and physicality that Sterling lacks and will simply never possess. The goal that Ibe scored against the Malaysia XI in a recent friendly shows that different dynamic and offers a glimpse of the potential that once saw Liverpool Academy coach, Alex Inglethorpe, compare him to Cristiano Ronaldo. Ibe is the real thing there is no doubt about it. I just hope we don't see him wanting to move on without a trophy to his name in a few years time, because I am sure there will be many clubs out there trying to persuade him to do so.