Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has rubbished reports of rift between himself and winger Jordan Ibe.
England Under-21 international Ibe made his first Premier League start since January during Sunday’s 2-1 success against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, while he is also yet to start a European match for the Reds since before Christmas.
Despite the 20-year-old’s recent lack of first-team action, Klopp has denied there is a rift between the pair, and he insists it is important to rotate the younger players within the squad.
Klopp told reporters: “I heard from somewhere that Jordon has some problems with me or something? Absolutely not. Only a few young players can come up, and sometimes they are in the squad, sometimes not.”
The German believes that Ibe has the potential to be a top player on Merseyside and he was pleased with the performance of the winger, as a much-changed Liverpool side secured a victory on the south coast.
He added: “He’s still a brilliant, big, big talent which is very good for English football. He did well today with the pass for the first goal, and the cross for the second. I was very happy.”
Ibe could still have a big role to play this season, as Liverpool still have six matches to come in the Premier League, while they are also through to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
The Reds will face Villarreal in their crucial European tie and they are available at 3.00 to secure a victory in the first-leg at El Madrigal on April 28, while the Spanish club are on offer at 2.30 and the draw is priced at 3.25.