Starlets commit future to Reds
Liverpool youngsters Jordon Ibe and Jon Flanagan have signed new deals at the club.
Winger Ibe, 19, has signed a new five-year deal while Flanagan, 22, has extended his contract by a further 12 months.
Ibe was on loan at Championship side Derby County for the first-half of the season before returning to the Liverpool first-team.
Flanagan has been injured all season and has recently been ruled out for six to nine months.
The announcement will give Brendan Rodgers confidence with the Raheem Sterling contract saga continuing to irritate the Reds board and supporters.
Ibe was pleased with his new deal, he said: “I’m over the moon. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to. I’ve spoken to the gaffer and I’m happy it’s over and done with. Now I want to kick on into next season, as well as the last game of this one.
“Liverpool are a great club and I like the philosophy here. I’m enjoying it – I’ve enjoyed the games I’ve played in. Hopefully I can just keep doing well at the club.
“I have been given the chance to play quite a few games and I’ve enjoyed it. As I said, I just want to take that into pre-season and then next season, continuing with how it’s been since I’ve been back here.” he added.
Rodgers was thrilled with the England U20 international extending his contract, he said: “He has thoroughly deserved it.
“He is a young kid that has got a lot of potential; he still has a lot of work to do to become that consistent performer at the top level, but there’s no doubting his potential and he has really grown and developed over the course of the last season.
“He came back from Derby and had taken on board all that he was coached there and had done exceptionally well.
“I could see the change in him then. He was very focused and came in and did exceptionally well. Unfortunately, he got injured in Besiktas and that kept him out for a little bit.
“It has just taken him a bit of time to get back up to speed again. He’s a great talent, a big talent here for the football club and I’m delighted that he has been able to sign and commit to the future of the club.” he continued.
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)