Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thrilled with Jordan Ibe's impact against Rubin Kazan in Europa League
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes youngster Jordon Ibe can have a bright future if he is prepared to work hard.
The 19-year-old scored his first goal for the club as the Reds beat Rubin Kazan 1-0 in the Europa League last night to record their first European away victory in almost three years.
His strike came seven minutes into the second-half when Firmino's pass allowed the youngster to advance 15 yards and clip a shot in off Sergey Ryzhikov's far post.
After an encouraging start to his Anfield career, Ibe has been something of a peripheral figure this season, even under Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who promoted him to the first team.
And in the week photographs of the team training showed Klopp offering Ibe his glasses after failing to pull off a simple pass, the teenager showed in Russia he can make an impression.
"He is a good lad and a big talent, a very skilled player," said Klopp after Liverpool's victory.
"He has a really good base and he feels good at this moment but he has to work on things and he has a lot to learn.
"If he is prepared for this then everything will be good in the future."
Klopp was satisfied with the overall Reds performance, their third successive victory, but admits they can still do better after dominating for most of the game - despite not putting away the chances they created.
"The first 80 minutes was really good. It was not easy to play because there was a fantastic atmosphere but the pitch is not in the same shape as the rest of the stadium," the former Borussia Dortmund manager added.
"It was not easy with possession, we could have had more and we deserved our goal and then we have to learn to win.
"We had a 1-0 advantage and lost rhythm and opened the door for Rubin Kazan.
"They fought for their lives and it was great to see how much they wanted to win but now everything is fine."
Klopp left Philippe Coutinho, Saturday's two-goal hero against Chelsea, on the bench so as not to risk a niggle while Adam Lallana, yesterday named in Roy Hodgson's England squad for next week's friendlies, was also protected and came on later in the second-half.
Selection has been more consistent in all competitions by Klopp but he insists he does not have a first-choice XI in mind.
"Coutinho had a little bit of a hamstring issue. We changed some things to create more and I'm really satisfied with how we did it," he said.
"I only name the teams to win the next game, not to give a player a rest if he doesn't need it.
"We had Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho with some problems so they were on the bench.
"I didn't want to risk it and wanted to win without them.
"This squad is big enough and strong enough. We did not fly here for a friendly game.
"We have had four weeks together and now have more experience together."
Rubin manager Valeriy Chaly was happy with his team's showing as European football returned to the Kazan Arena.
He said: "In the second-half we looked more composed but we have a problem with the composition so the young players had a chance.
"For them, it's an experience. Liverpool are a good team and showed that against Chelsea (beating them 3-1 on Saturday) - so, we are still better than Chelsea!"
RUBIN KAZAN: Ryzhikov, Cotugno (Ustinov 81), Kverkvelia, Kambolov, Nabiullin, Georgiev, Kislyak (Akhmetov 70), Kanunnikov, Marques (Ozdoev 45), Karadeniz, Devic. Subs: Lemos, Haghighi, Bilyaletdinov, Dyadyun.
LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can (Skrtel 93), Allen, Ibe, Firmino (Lucas 81), Milner (Lallana 61), Benteke. Subs: Coutinho, Origi, Brannagan, Bogdan
Man of match: Ibe
Referee: Kevin Blom (Holland)
Match Rating: 6/10