Liverpool fell to a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday, but Jurgen Klopp will have taken some positives out of the performance including the partnership between Jordon Ibe and Nathaniel Clyne as seen below.
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The German tactician conceded that he didn’t enjoy the experience of seeing the home crowd leave prior to the full-time whistle, revealing that it was a ‘lonely’ feeling, as reported by Sky Sports.
It was the first defeat that he had suffered since arriving at the club last month, and there were signs that the squad is still not entirely over the lapses in concentration and mistakes that have dogged them for some time.
Nevertheless, if Klopp can look at the game and take the positives away from it, he will certainly look at the partnership between Ibe and Clyne.
Ibe has gradually impressed more and more since coming off the bench in the 3-1 win over Chelsea last month. The youngster played a role in the build-up to Christian Benteke’s goal, and then scored his first goal for the club in their Europa League win over Rubin Kazan last week.
However, paired with Clyne, the duo were a menace to Palace for the most part and will undoubtedly have earned recognition and praise from Klopp.
As demonstrated in the clip above, Ibe’s tendency to drift inside and be a threat also leaves significant space down the right flank. In turn, Clyne flourishes with time on the ball, and his cross eventually ended up being turned in by Philippe Coutinho.
Whether or not the pair can now find consistency remains to be seen, as that will be the key to ensuring that they earn the faith of their coach for the long term.
However, for now they have shown enough to suggest that they can enjoy plenty of success and form an integral part of Klopp’s team in the coming weeks and months.