Liverpool announced that they signed both Jordon Ibe and Jon Flanagan today.
Both come as bit of a surprise to fans. Flanagan has been out the entire season with a knee injury – a new contract was most definitely unexpected. Ibe, the 19-year-old striker, has impressed many, with the Reds getting the final push for him to make the contract a reality.
#LFC are delighted to confirm that Jordon Ibe and Jon Flanagan have both signed new contract extensions with the club.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 21, 2015
Flanagan signed a 12-month extension to his contract, despite being out another six to nine months because of another recent operation.
Manager, Brendan Rogers, expressed his excitement for the return of the 22-year-old defender in an official statement on Liverpool’s website.
“We’re hoping that he can get back fit within the next year; it has been a long journey for him this last 18 months and in particular the last year of injury,” Rogers said. “Hopefully he can get back fit and get back into the team. He has been a huge miss for us this season.”
Ibe signed a new five-year contract with the club, after breaking into the first team for the Reds during this campaign.
The young star has a promising future with the club, and is already looking forward to the next year.
“I’m over the moon,” Ibe told Liverpoolfc.com immediately after signing his contract. “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to. Liverpool are a great club and I like the philosophy here. Hopefully I can just keep doing well at the club.”
The two contracts signed today are big moves for Liverpool’s future, one shining bright with young talent.