Ibe: Cherries play Rodgers-style football

Jordan Ibe says that his new club Bournemouth play a style of football that he is familiar with, that of former Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.

The former Liverpool youth star joined Eddie Howe's Premiership team on Thursday for a reported club record fee of €18m. The 20-year old was considered one of the Kop's most promising young players and was given his first-team debut by Rodgers in 2013.

Despite his undoubted talent, the youngster was deemed surplus and allowed to move to a club where he would be certain of regular football.

In an interview with the Bournemouth official website, Ibe drew comparisons between Howe and Rodgers' approach to the game.

“It's exciting. I like the philosophy the manager has got here and there are a lot of good, young players so it's a good place for me to kick on and do well.

“The team play the same style of football as Brendan Rodgers used to play at Liverpool, which is something that I like."

The England U21 international went on to express his gratitude to his former club and the men who shaped his career.

“It's been five seasons at Liverpool," he said. “I've enjoyed it thoroughly and I have to thank [Liverpool scout] Frank McParland and [Liverpool Academy director] Alex Inglethorpe from the youth team. They helped and developed me from the under-16s to the first team.

“But this is a great opportunity for me to take another step in my career and develop as a player," he concluded.