Liverpool teenage star Jordon Ibe scored his first goal for the club in their 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were looking for their first win of their Europa League campaign after three consecutive draws had left them in second place in Group B, while they also hadn’t secured an away win in Europe for three years.
However, a win over their Russian opponents gave them a huge boost as they moved to within two points of group leaders Sion after the Swiss side were held to a 1-1 draw by Bordeaux.
After three draws in a row to start his tenure at Anfield, Klopp has now registered three straight wins in all competitions as he continues to benefit from having more time to work with his players and get his ideas across.
Meanwhile, Ibe had recently insisted that he felt like a “new player” under the former Dortmund boss, as reported by Sky Sports, and revealed that he is instilling real belief in the squad in their ability to score at any point in a game or in any situation.
Ibe had shown signs of his ability to have a decisive impact as he had a hand in Christian Benteke’s goal in the 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Nevertheless, he will have been delighted to have finally got off the mark by scoring himself with a wonderful run and finish that will certainly give Klopp optimism and enthusiasm moving forward with regards to handing the 19-year-old more minutes.
As part of his philosophy and approach, it is clear that Klopp is ready to put his faith in the club’s youngsters, evidenced by his decision to also recall Ryan Kent after his impressive loan spell at Coventry City, as noted by The Liverpool Echo.
Ibe will hope that this is merely the start of things to come as he will face competition for a place in the starting lineup in the coming weeks and months.