Liverpool Transfer News: Jordon Ibe Joins Birmingham City on Loan

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2014

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24:  Connor Pain and Leigh Broxham of the Victory and Jordon Ibe of Liverpool compete for the ball during the match between the Melbourne Victory and Liverpool at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Young pace-merchant Jordon Ibe has left parent club Liverpool to join Championship team Birmingham City on loan.

The club's official Twitter account confirmed the move on Friday for the player:

Alan Nixon of The Mirror had reported on Thursday that the teenager, who has featured sparsely for the Reds, would be farmed out to give him first-team opportunities.

The midfielder has only played in one Premier League game this season, per Squawka.

Nixon wrote: 

Ibe, who can play on either wing, will go into Lee Clark's struggling Championship side, who are eager to bring him on board.

The 18-year-old is seen as a long-term Anfield asset but Rodgers thinks a spell away from the club will help him.

Clark has been looking for new blood in his side and Ibe will go straight into his plans for a crunch clash at Blackpool this weekend.


The starlet is expected to return to Merseyside after the end of the loan period, with Brendan Rodgers seeing him as a key part of his squad in the future. 

His career path is very much expected to be at Anfield, having been trusted enough to make a substitute appearance in the 5-1 win over Arsenal at the start of February.

James Pearce, Liverpool FC reporter for the Liverpool Echo, voiced his approval over the deal: 

Ibe is without doubt a great young talent and getting him games now, before the season ends, is a shrewd move by Rodgers. He can have the sort of impact that we are now seeing from Raheem Sterling, but it is essential that he gets minutes under his belt.

The Championship is the perfect place for Ibe to progress, and his blistering pace should provide a huge boost to Birmingham's attack. 

At Liverpool, Ibe would simply be confined to the bench, and this will do no good for either the player or the club. It could be the case that he is just not ready for the Premier League yet and that a drop down in standard will be a beneficial move for him.

However, if Sterling gets injured Rodgers may yet regret the move. Ibe wouldn't be first-choice for cover, but he would provide a like-for-like alternative. Ibe's natural pace means he is an ideal replacement for Sterling, so there is a bit of risk in this deal for Rodgers as well.

But it is clearly a calculated gamble, and one we see with young players these days all too often. Birmingham can clearly do with an injection of youthful talent, and he will become a popular player in the Midlands in the next few weeks.