With so many players being linked with Liverpool already ahead of this summer, it was inevitable that rumours of departures would also surface.
With Marko Grujić and Joël Matip already confirmed to be arriving at Anfield in the summer, and others including Polish international Piotr Zieliński, Köln left back Jonas Hector and Bayern star Mario Götze rumoured to also be on Jürgen Klopp’s summer shopping list, it stands to reason that the list of outgoings will also be fairly substantial.
Christian Benteke, Martin Skrtel, Alberto Moreno, Kolo Touré and even the likes of Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge are apparently not 100% safe when Klopp wields the axe, and to that list the Guardian are today adding Joe Allen and Jordon Ibe.
The report alleges that newly-promoted Premier League side Watford – who have all but secured their survival – are looking to bring the pair to Vicarage Road in the summer in a triple raid that has apparently already seen young striker Jerome Sinclair agree to move south.
Allen has been in an out of the first team, even under previous manager Brendan Rodgers, since he moved to Liverpool for £15million in the summer of 2012. His contract expires in 2017 and although his form has improved under the new regime (despite starting just 10 of Klopp’s 38 games in charge thus far), the fact that a new contract offer has not been forthcoming suggests that his days at Anfield are numbered.
Similarly, Jordon Ibe has had a frustrating season. This was supposed to year where he was to kick on and go some way to fill the gap left by Raheem Sterling’s £49million move to Manchester City.
That, however, has not happened and while he has scored some important goals for Liverpool this season – including winners at Rubin Kazan in the Europa League and Stoke City in the Capital One Cup – his only starts for the club in recent weeks have come in the under-strength sides Klopp has put out for the FA Cup.
Despite this, Klopp is highly unlikely to completely give up on a 20 year old going through a loss of confidence. Ibe has shown flashes of potential and the Liverpool manager will surely give him every chance to prove himself in pre-season and beyond.
Of the two, Allen’s departure is far more likely to happen – if Ibe does depart the club, then it will almost certainly on a loan basis.
There will be plenty leaving Liverpool this summer, but Ibe probably won’t be one of them.