Rodgers welcomes return of ‘sensational’ Liverpool starlet

first_imgLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could unleash Jordon Ibe on Newcastle on Monday night after revealing the teenager has looked ‘sensational’ in training.The 19-year-old, who has been out of action with a knee problem for six weeks, is now fully fit and Rodgers admits he is delighted to have him back.Ibe had made a massive impact for the Merseyside club, after returning from a loan spell at Derby in January, before suffering his injury setback.Speaking ahead of the Anfield clash with the Mapgies, Rodgers said: “Jordon Ibe will come back in. I have got to say, he has looked absolutely sensational in training.“He has been out for a while but he has been out on the field for a couple of weeks now, doing his preparation work and he has joined in training.“He has looked absolutely outstanding – he has got real natural fitness. He’ll come into the squad for Monday night.”Adam Lallana is still likely to be missing for Liverpool.The midfielder suffered a groin problem in the defeat to Manchester United and was ruled out of Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Arsenal.“I don’t think he’ll be ready for Monday,” Rodgers said. “We’ll just see how that goes into next week.”Mamadou Sakho will definitely miss out after picking up a hamstring injury in the midweek FA Cup win against Blackburn.Mario Balotelli, meanwhile, could also be out through illness, while Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard must serve the final match of their three-game bans.Emra Can, however, is back in the squad having served his suspension.Provisional Liverpool squad:Mignolet, Johnson, Can, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Lucas, Allen, Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge, Jones, Toure, Enrique, Manquillo, Markovic, Brannagan, Lambert, Borini, Ibe. 1 Jordon Ibe last_img

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