Liverpool young talent Jordon Ibe hopes new manager Jurgen Klopp helps him to develop into a world-class star like Robert Lewandowski. He played the match against Crystal Palace on Sunday 8 November and despite the defeat, hopes to have more chances to prove his worth as his "pace and strength" should serve him well in the former Borussia Dortmund philosophy.
Klopp was heavily praised during his time at the Bundesliga for fostering young talents after helped the likes of Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus or Mario Gotze to establish themselves at Dortmund as major stars.
Lewandowski's impressive records at Dormund earned him a move to Bayern Munich where he has become one of the most clinical scorers around Europe – having already netted 19 goals in 18 appearances this term.
Ibe hopes to follow in the footsteps of the Polish international at Anfield after having benefited from the German's trust in youth prospects during his first weeks at the Merseysiders, scoring his first goal for the club in the 1-0 Europe League win over Rubin Kazan, while providing an assist in the impressive victory at Stamford Bridge after coming from the bench.
"He [Klopp] obviously did a great job at Borussia Dortmund," the winger said to the club website. "The fact that the young players he brought in were a big part of the success is very encouraging for guys like me. Of course, those youngsters at Dortmund didn't just become a little bit better either – some of them, like Robert Lewandowski, have become players who are operating at the highest level in the Champions League.
"Hopefully he can help me and some of the lads here do the same. I'm hoping my attributes – pace and strength and being able to go past people – will suit the way he wants to play and I can get some opportunities."