Brendan Rodgers praises Jordon Ibe and “outstanding team effort” in Merseyside derby stalemate

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers described Jordon Ibe as “outstanding” while also applying that tag to his team’s overall performance.

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“There are a lot of outstanding young talents out there but he’s one who I think can be a big player,” he said of the player signed from Wycombe three years ago.

“He’s tactically very good in the game and you can see his quality in the one-on-ones. He can beat people and he puts a shift in and works.

“He’s only going to get better and stronger so he was absolutely outstanding tonight and it was great to see.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, February 6, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe in action against Everton during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, the 224th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Referring to his side’s efforts, he added: “We came here and only conceded one shot on target, we just switched towards the end on the counter-attack.

“Apart from that I thought we were outstanding in the game and probably just failed around the edge of the box.

“It was an outstanding team effort and I think the least we deserved was probably a point.”

Everton boss Roberto Martinez felt the need to practice caution against a resurgent Liverpool restricted his team from unleashing their full attacking potential, but he relished the tactical war that unfolded.

The Spaniard said: “It was a good battle between two sides. We were trying to score goals but I thought we were very good defensively.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, February 6, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia is fouled by Everton's James McCarthy, who was shown a yellow card for the challenge, during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, the 224th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It was a fascinating tactical battle from that point of view and you could see players showing incredible flexibility in their tactical awareness. I really enjoyed that side of things.

“It was unfortunate from our point of view that we had to be a bit cautious with a couple of players coming back from injury, otherwise we could have used the players we had on the bench to our advantage.

“You saw Liverpool take a good shot in the first half and we had two opportunities in the second half that we should have done a little better with.

“All in all, I thought it was one of those games that you really want to analyse and just enjoy.”

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