Amidst the furore of Raheem Sterling’s future at Liverpool FC, two other youngsters have penned new deals at the club.
Liverpool have confirmed that winger Jordon Ibe and defender Jon Flanagan have signed new deals.
Ibe, 19, has agreed a new long-term contract, reported to be a five-year deal, while Flanagan has been given a new 12-month extension to his deal which was due to expire this summer.
In stark contrast to the Sterling saga, the Echo last week revealed how Ibe’s negotiations have been conducted with a minimum of fuss as the player doesn’t have an agent and is instead represented by his stepfather.
Ibe recently explained: “I don’t believe in having an agent. I don’t really see the need for one to be fair. My parents do the same job and they are my family which is number one to me. I can trust them and they are the best people.”
Ibe told LFC’s official site: “I’m over the moon. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to. I’ve spoken to the gaffer and I’m happy it’s over and done with. Now I just want to kick on into next season, as well as the last game of this one.
Ibe’s new contract ties him to LFC until 2020.
Flanagan has been given a year extension despite suffering another huge setback this month with the news that he will be sidelined for six to nine months after undergoing further operation on his knee.
Brendan Rodgers told LFC that Flanagan “has been a huge miss for us this season.”