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Skrtel and Ibe leave the club for a combined 20million

fenerbahce and Bournemouth have both announced the signings of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and winger Jordon Ibe for a combined fee of 20million.

Skrtel is a vastly experienced centre back who made 319 appearances for the club after he was signed from Russian club Zenit St Petursburg for a fee of 5million.

Skrtel leaves the club after 8 successful years

Skrtel leaves the club after 8 successful years

The Slovakian international had been at the club for 8 years and scored a impressive 18 goals in his time at Liverpool.

The 31 year old had fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool last season under Jurgen Klopp as he built up a partnership between Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, with veteran defender Kolo Toure being utilised before Skrtel was.

It’s sad to see a player go after such a long time at the club and many memory’s but clearly now the time is right Skrtel to leave the club after a number of high profile errors in the last few seasons.

Jordan Ibe has also left the club after showing so much promise last season he has also fallen down the pecking order at Anfield.

The 20 year old made 58 appearances for the club with all four of his goals coming last season, but only one coming in the Premier League. Ibe made his Liverpool debut at just 17 years old and a game against QPR three years ago and hasn’t capped off on his potential that he once had.

Ibe leaves the club after not fulfilling his potential

Ibe leaves the club after not fulfilling his potential

A fee of 15million represents fantastic business by the Reds as he is a player that hasn’t proven himself in the Premier League as of yet and for him and Bournemouth it is a good move as he will get first team football as well as giving Bournemouth the chance at attempting to fulfil his talent that he has at just 20 years old.

Ibe fallen down the pecking order under Klopp like Skrtel did as he was the only senior winger at the club and still wasn’t able to get into a team that was struggling for width, with Mane’s signing this further pushed him to the exit door.

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Preston 1-2 Liverpool-Ibe stars in victory for Liverpool


Brad Jones  7.6

A good performance from Brad Jones, could not do anything about the goal. Made a number of good saves throughout the game and looked confident when collecting crosses.


Martin Kelly 5.8

Did not look sharp for the second game in a row and lost a number of balls in the first half. He Will need to improve if he wants to impress Rodgers.

Jon Flanagan   7.2

Flanagan was Liverpool’s best defender in the first half. He looked comfortable on the ball and attacked more in his natural right-back position, when he swapped positions. Flanagan looked comfortable in defence and would have impressed Rodgers so far.

Martin Skrtel   6.2

Did not have a lot to do but was guilty of being complacent throughout the match. Skrtel looked strong in the air as normal, but did show rustiness a few times throughout the match.

Andre Wisdom 5.9

Wisdom did not have a good day and it is no surprise that Rodgers does not consider Wisdom in his first team plans. Looked weak on and off the ball and lacked pace a number of times during the game. A loan spell in the Premier League will suit Wisdom well.

Kevin Stewart    6.5

A much better appearance for Stewart as he looked more comfortable on the ball, and did not give away the ball. In the last game he gave away the ball for the goal and never looked like a player that was confident, but this was a much better run-out for the young full-back.

Sebastion Coates   6.7

Did not have a lot to do when he came on the pitch but whenever called upon he produced. He looked strong and comfortable on the ball, Coates showed that he has gotten over his injury but whether Rodgers considers him in frame for the first team is yet to be seen.

Lloyd Jones     6.5

Helped tighten things up at the back and worked well with Coates. Very comfortable but did not have a lot to do when he came on.

Jack Robinson     6.3

Did not really make an impression for himself and was replaced by Enrique later on in the game. Did not go forward many times but did look comfortable defensively.

Jose Enrique     6.8

Only made a short 20 minute appearance, but did show his quality during that time. Gave Liverpool another option going forward and looked fit and raring to go for the new season.


Lucas Leiva     6.6

Made some very good tackles while on the pitch, but if he is to fit into Rodgers plans then he will need to be better on the ball, as he gave away the ball a few times. Looked lively defensively and did help out the defence well.

Joe Allen       6.1

Did not look like a senior player on the pitch. Too many times he watching the play and not showing the determination he needs to. Good on the ball when the Welshman had it, but did not show determination to make his mark on the game,

Emre Can     7.1

Only played 20 minutes due to him being taken off as a precaution. During those minutes he controlled the tempo of the game and looked comfortable on and off the ball. An impressive brif appearance and if he can show this in the Premier League he could be in for a big season at Liverpool.

Can impressed despite going off early

Can impressed despite going off early

Phillipe Coutinho  7.4

Showed what he is all about and another impressive performance from the Brazilian. Showed great feet, dominant on the ball and surprisingly show better strength.

Coutinho impressed once again

Coutinho impressed once again

Jordan Ibe     9.2- Man Of The Match

A great performance again by Jordan Ibe, adding another 2 assists to his name. Great runs for both off the goals and showed real determination to get into attacking position. Got a very good pass on him, but again needs to improve his finishing as he had a great chance in the first half.

Jordan Ibe set up both goals

Jordan Ibe set up both goals

Connor Coady   6.9

Coady is a very good tackler of the ball and made a difference when he came on. Looked comfortable on the ball and made a few bursting runs forward, overall a good performance for Coady when he came on.

Jordan Rossiter 7.9

Made a real difference when he came on the pitch. Made some great tackles and ran the show in the midfield when he was on the pitch. Still only 18 and could have a good future at Liverpool if he can progress to the next level.

Suso   8.5

Suso impressed on the left side of midfield, scoring a great curling equalising goal. Cut inside on his left foot and looked a danger when he did. Got a good shot on him, as he showed with the goal and has an eye for goal, could be a good player for Liverpool this season.

Suso scored a stunning first goal and impressed throughout the game

Suso scored a stunning first goal and impressed throughout the game

Adam Phillips  6.5

Phillips played just the 10 minutes, so not really a lot of time to make an impact on the game. Did not have a lot of touches on the ball as Liverpool were seeing the game out when he came on.

Krisztian Adorjan   6.6

Looked comfortable on the ball and showed good link up play with Peterson. Did not see a lot of the ball but when he did he would rarely play a bad pass.


Rickie Lambert     6.6

Lambert did not see a lot of the ball, but did show glimpses off what he can do. Will need to improve his performances if he is going to make the starting eleven and perhaps at times showed the occasion got to him.

Rickie Lambert made his Liverpool debut

Rickie Lambert made his Liverpool debut

Fabio Borini       6.1

Borini is on the verge of a move to Sunderland and this is likely to be his last appearance for Liverpool. Showed that his head was not at Liverpool and did not make an impact on the game.

Kristoffer Peterson   8.3

Peterson Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers what he is about, scoring the winning goal of the game. Scored in the loss to Brondby and showed his poachers instinct for his second Liverpool goal. Made some great runs throughout the game and showed that he links up extremely well with Jordan Ibe.

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Player Ratings- Liverpool 1-2 Brondby IF : Ibe and Coutinho shine in 2-1 defeat in first pre-season game


Brad Jones             5.2

Started brightly, but was caught out for the goal where he was out of position for the long range strike and constantly got beaten at free-kicks, with the Danish side hitting the crossbar twice with Jones of his line both times and lucky not be beaten.

Danny Ward         6.5

Didn’t get too much game time as he replaced Jones late in the second half, could do nothing for the goal, but didn’t have a lot to do.


Martin Kelly         6.0

Looked rusty and showed that he has not played much football. Brendan Rodgers will want Kelly to up his game if he is to be considered in Liverpool’s first team plans next season.

Kevin Stewart       5.0

Replaced Tiago Ilori midway through the first half, had a horrendous start where he gave the ball away for the first goal and giving the ball away in attacking positions. Replaced at half time.

Tiago Ilori               6.6

Looked assured during the 20 minutes that he played, but went off injured after appearing to pull a hamstring.

Daniel Agger         6.7

Agger returned to Denmark to face his former club and captained the Liverpool side, looked assured without looking spectacular. Showed his rustiness at times during the game.

Agger faced his former club

Agger faced his former club

Brad Smith           6.8

Made some very good attacking runs, but was caught out of position at the back several times. Got forward and showed he has a lot of pace, but will need to pick his moments to go forward better.

Martin Skrtel      6.9

Didn’t have a lot to do, but should have put in a tackle for the goal. Showed his strength and was very good in the air, winning most aerial balls.

Jon Flanagan       7.2

Came on in the second half and looked very sharp. Made some excellent runs going forward and showed real determination in the way he went about his work. Liverpool’s best defender on show and should start next season.

Andre Wisdom   5.8

Came on in the second half and showed why Liverpool are willing to loan him out. Did not look comfortable on the ball and was sloppy at the back. Lost the ball a number of times and did not put in a good performance to prove Rodgers wrong.

Lloyd Jones   6.0

Came on in the second half and did not have a lot to do, was partly at fault for the goal as he should have put in a tackle.



Lucas Leiva       6.1

One of the senior players on show at the game and looked rusty, did not get into the game and did not work hard enough.

Joe Allen           5.8

Came on in the second half and could not get into the game, looked weak on and off the ball and showed none of the performance levels he played at last season, where he replaced Coutinho at times in the season.

Jordan Rossiter     6.4

Made some good forward runs and looked lively during the game. Left out of position during the game a few times.

Joao Teixeira        7.0

Showed some very good touches and looked lively, showed good link up play with other players and needs to start making the step up now for Liverpool if he is to succeed.

Suso                       7.2

Linked up well with Coutinho and looked lively during the game, showed no rustiness and was a threat to the Brondby defence in the first half.

Phillipe Coutinho   8.8- Man Of The Match

Ran the show in the first half, everything that Liverpool created in the first half came from Coutinho. Showed no signs he was rusty and showed Rodgers what he has to offer.

Coutinho ran the show in midfield

Coutinho ran the show in midfield

Conor Coady         6.6

Had a steady performance without really showing Brendan Rodgers what he can do. It is rumoured Liverpool are willing to let Coady leave and he will have to perform better to convince Liverpool to keep him.

Adam Phillips         5.9

Came on in the second and did not make much impact. Could not get involved into the game and needed to keep the ball better for Liverpool to keep possession.

Krisztian Adorjan   5.9

Very similar game to Adam Phillips where he was sloppy on the ball and needed to keep it better for Liverpool to cause more problems.

Jordan Ibe           8.6

Came on for the second half and showed what he is about. Ibe has unbelievable pace and trickery and showed it to set up the Liverpool goal, with a clever dummy which the defender fell for and Ibe was clear to put the ball on a plate for goalscorer Peterson. One improvement he needs to make is his finishing which is woeful at times, but he is definitely one for the future.



Fabio Borini       6.2

Needed to impress today but could not get involved in the game, showed rustiness and he will need to pick up the performance levels with every game if he wants to impress Rodgers.

Kristoffer Peterson     7.6

Peterson was in the ‘right place right time’ for the goal, which takes a certain skill. Looked lively during the game and linked up with Ibe well.

Goalscorer Peterson looked lively up front

Goalscorer Peterson looked lively up front













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Liverpool player ratings vs Preston


Simon Mignolet made his debut at Deepdale against Preston North End and did not have a lot to do. He did not put a foot wrong but was untested and only made one routine save during the whole match.

 Substituted for Danny Ward on 75 minutes.


Danny Ward came on as a substitute on the 75th minute mark for Simon Mignolet but like the Belgium was untested. Did not put a foot wrong but the only time he was tested was when a cross was whipped in and he collected it well.

Came on in the second half for Mignolet but only played 15 minutes.


Jay Spearing played in an unusual position at right back and looked it. Spearing looked like a lower league player for the most part of the match getting beaten for both strength and speed by a league one Preston side. Although he didn’t make too many mistakes he just looked like the weak link in the team.

Substituted at halftime after playing 45 minutes.

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Sterling and Coutinho shine as Liverpool stroll to victory in the sun

Liverpool strolled into Deepdale with four new signings and all the talk surrounding the Luis Suarez transfer saga, but they left with fans talking about Raheem Sterling and Coutinho.

Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners in Deepdale with Coutinho, Jordan Ibe, Raheem Sterling and Iago Aspas all on the score sheet. Liverpool used a total of 23 players and all the new signings getting at least 45 minutes of game time as well as the return of Joe Allen, Raheem Sterling and Martin Kelly from injury.

Liverpool are still missing a number of players with Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge out through injury and Luis Suarez, Jose Reina and Sebastian Coates all on extended break as they took part in the Confederations Cup.

Liverpool started with two of their four new signings with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and defender Kolo Toure both starting the match, while Spanish duo Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas were put on the bench.

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Liverpool cool interest in Cristian Atsu as they put their faith into Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe

Liverpool have cooled their interest in Porto winger Christian Atsu as Rodgers puts faith within Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe.

Liverpool held talks with Porto over the Ghanaian winger but have decided not to push through a deal for the 21-year-old.

Atsu would off cost the Reds a cut price 3million, as he is out of contract next summer, but instead Rodgers has put his faith in the youngsters he already has at his disposal.

18-year-old Raheem Sterling is now fully fit after recovering from a thigh injury he got in March, which ended his season.

Raheem Sterling impressed many people at the start of the season, making 24 league appearances scoring twice, but was pulled out of the side at the turn of the year as Rodgers was concerned Sterling was getting fatigued.

Liverpool are prepared to back Sterling, if he can recapture the form that earned him a lucrutave contract and a England call up.

Sterling has been linked to clubs for a possible loan move to gain more experience, however Liverpool have no intention for Sterling to leave on loan and expect him to be a big part of their 2013-14 campaign.

Fellow highly-rated teenager Jordan Ibe is set to be given backing from Rodgers.

17-year-old winger Jordan Ibe, who was signed from Wycombe Wanderers in 2011, shone on his debut in the final game of the season, providing the assist for Coutinho’s goal in the 1-0 victory over QPR.

Liverpool are ready to put a number of other young players for loan though.

No decision has been made on the future’s of Suso and Andre Wisdom, both shone last season, who would benefit from having first team football.

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