Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has promised he will keep a close watch on two of the club’s most prized assets after farming them out this summer, the reason why he inserted a buyback clause in their contract.

Jordon Ibe and Brad Smith both moved to Bournemouth this summer for £15m and £6m respectively and the German tactician hasa described the deals to sell the attacking pair as perfect.

“Things like this are usually really expensive but these aren’t,” Klopp told the ECHO .

“At that age you have to play and that was the case with Brad Smith and Jordon Ibe. They had the possibility to do that (with Bournemouth) and they were deals that absolutely made sense for both sides.

“We will watch them, they will have pressure there, they will fight for the league or whatever, and we will see them growing up in pressure situations. That’s perfect.

“If a player is on loan it’s different. It’s like going on holiday. You can always go home. That’s difficult for these guys as they are always between clubs.

“Now Smith and Ibe are there and we have buy-back clauses. Hopefully they do really well and then in the end we and them will decide.”

Ibe made 43 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring four goals and providing four assists, while Smith had 10 outings with the senior side.


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