Liverpool have recently sold both Jordon Ibe and Brad Smith to Bournemouth. The best part of the business is that Liverpool negotiated buy-back clauses into the transfers.
So should they realise their potential we could sign them…perfect solution.
The duo joined the cherries earlier this summer after fees of £15m for Ibe and £6m for Smith were agreed.
Both Ibe and Smith struggled for first-team opportunities last season, and with no European football this season most weeks we’ll be playing just 1 game.
Limited squad rotation
Klopp has said that the squad won’t be rotated as much this season as he’ll stick to his chosen 11 with tweaks depending on who we play.
So the obvious choice was to sell them, however Klopp decided that he wanted buy-back clause inserted into the contracts.
Klopp has admitted that because Liverpool negotiated buy back clauses should they impress on the south coast they may come back to Liverpool.
Klopp told the Liverpool 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.
The idea of a buy back clause is not something we’ve really come across before at Liverpool but something Barcelona are very good at.
Players Barcelona can buy back under clauses; Gerard Deulofeu – Everton bought for €6m, clause is €9m.
Adama Traoré at Aston Villa. Andreu Fontàs at Celta Vigo. Jonathan Dos Santos sold to Villarreal. Alen Halilovic who was sold for €5m to Hamburg with a clause worth €10m.
These are all players with potential, but not currently good enough to break into the Barcelona 1st team. Should they impress at a smaller club who can nurture their talent then the clause could be exercised.
Klopp sums it up quite nicely.. “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.”