Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has told The Mail that he view’s the club’s decision to let Jordon Ibe leave as a mistake – even though he has a buy back clause.
Ibe was sold to Bournemouth this summer after a disappointing 2015/16 season where he failed to step up and replace Raheem Sterling as many expected him to.
Redknapp said: “I think Liverpool have made a mistake in letting him go. We’ve seen from the likes of Paul Pogba and Kevin De Bruyne that young players at big clubs sometimes have to take a step away to succeed.
“Going to Bournemouth is a brave move but a clever one for Jordon. He could have stayed at Liverpool and collected his money sitting on the bench but he can be a star for Eddie Howe’s side with his tremendous pace.”
Ibe certainly has a point to prove, and Redknapp is evidently questioning whether he should have been kept around in the short term this season, but Jurgen Klopp clearly made up his mind, signing Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum who can both play out wide.
This indicates Ibe was not going to play much football this season, a bench player at best, and Liverpool have done well to get a good fee for him, around £15 million, but the pundit believes he could have been a contributor for them.
There is good reason to criticise Redknapp’s comments as misguided because Liverpool had the good sense to include a buy back option as part of the deal to sell Ibe.
At just 20, they are well aware he can develop into a big star and needs regular football to do so, which they cannot offer him at present.