Jordon Ibe Injury: Updates on Liverpool Forward's Hamstring and Return

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured Columnist

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe during their English League Cup Fourth Round soccer match against Bournemouth at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Wednesday Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe suffered a hamstring injury which kept him out of the side's FA Cup draw with Exeter City on Jan. 8. He is now ready for competitive action.

Continue for updates.

Ibe Returns vs. Arsenal

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Ibe was named in Liverpool's starting lineup for the visit of Arsene Wenger's Premier League leaders.

Ibe Ruled Out vs. Exeter City

Thursday, Jan. 7

James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo noted Ibe's injury, adding it's the seventh hamstring injury in the Liverpool squad.

Ibe Option Useful for Klopp

The tricky youngster's strong dribbling skills and willingness to run at full-backs not only make him an exciting prospect at Anfield, but also give Liverpool a different dimension when he's on the pitch.

Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana are both capable of filling in on the flanks in his stead, while even James Milner presents an option there, having spent much of his early career playing on the wing.

However, with Milner now primarily a central midfielder and the other three generally playing their best stuff through the middle also, the Reds have a tangible lack of natural width in Ibe's absence.

Ibe isn't a regular starter for Liverpool in the Premier League, but the rash of injuries at Anfield has magnified the issue for manager Jurgen Klopp.