Jordon Ibe calls on Kenny Dalglish's help to break his Liverpool scoring duck 

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has enlisted the help of Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish to break his scoring duck for the club.

Ibe, 19, has been used by manager Brendan Rodgers as Raheem Sterling's replacement this season ahead of several big-money signings

And although he is in decent form ahead of Monday's match against Arsenal, he's fed up with failing to score in 17 games for Liverpool despite hitting the woodwork twice and getting five goals on loan at Derby.

To rectify the problem, he requested extra finishing practise in the summer and was shocked to find academy director Alex Ingelthorpe had invited Liverpool's greatest ever player to assist.

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Jordon Ibe has called on a little help from Kenny Dalglish to help him hit the back of the net

Jordon Ibe has called on a little help from Kenny Dalglish to help him hit the back of the net

'I spoke to the gaffer (Rodgers) and Alex about doing extra work at the end of last season. Not scoring definitely gets on my nerves,' said Ibe.

'Alex sorted it out. The first day I came in, it was just me and him, then the second day he brought in Dalglish. Obviously, I was happy about it!'

King Kenny scored 172 goals in 515 games for Liverpool between 1977 and 1990 and also managed them in two spells.

'He just told me to be always positive, take shots all around the penalty area and make sure I always get into the box when I haven't got the ball,' added Ibe, who wasn't born when Dalglish played but has studied his highlights on YouTube.

'It's been fantastic for someone of his stature to give his comments and help me out. He scored all sorts of goals, tap-ins and 30-yarders.

'We just did some training sessions, shooting and crossing and getting in the areas where the ball might go when the winger from the opposite side is crossing it. I feel it can benefit me, I just need to continue doing it.

'It is about that repetition. If I did from the end of last season through pre-season, it will become a habit for me, always being around the box ready to shoot.

Ibe has failed to score in a Liverpool shirt as of yet despite going close on a couple of occasions

Ibe has failed to score in a Liverpool shirt as of yet despite going close on a couple of occasions

'I might put too much pressure on myself but hopefully it will come in due time.'

Liverpool, who finished sixth last season, have taken maximum points from their opening two but have been unconvincing in 1-0 wins against Stoke City and Bournemouth.

Notably, Ibe and left-back Joe Gomez have started both games while millions of pounds of talent have been left out by Rodgers including Lazar Markovic, Divock Origi and Mario Balotelli.

'As everyone knows, the gaffer gives a chance to everyone. If you prove yourself in pre-season and training sessions you will get a chance to play whether you are a senior player or someone who's 18 like Joe Gomez, who has done well.

'Our new signings have been great for us. They are all young, like me. They are all hungry to do well and it feels like a fresh start.

'Personally, I think I can do much better than in the first couple of games, especially attacking the full-back. But it has given me confidence to replace Raheem in the team. He is a great player and I aspire to achieve the things he has, because we both came up through the Academy.'

Dalglish in the stands to watch Liverpool's first home game of the season against Bournemouth

Dalglish in the stands to watch Liverpool's first home game of the season against Bournemouth

The most significant of Rodgers' seven summer signings has been £32.5million centre-forward Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.

The big Belgian is one of the biggest aerial threats in the Premier League and Liverpool have changed their style to suit him.

Ibe revealed: 'It’s an aspect of the game I need to learn about, crossing the ball early enough. We’ve got someone in the box who can head it and he’s always going to win the header.

'If I get the ball in early enough I can add assists to my game as well as goals. He’s definitely a great player.

'He gives us an option instead of just maybe passing the ball around. The other team might be really defensive so for us to get the ball to the wings and get it in the box or go through the middle are alternatives.'

Benteke scored Liverpool's controversial winner against Bournemouth on Monday when team-mate Philippe Coutinho was in an offside position and interfering with play.

After missing out on Champions League qualification last time, another three points against Arsenal will build Liverpool's belief they can return to the top four.

Ibe said: 'This is a really big club so it (our ambition) can only be for us to get into the top four.'

 

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