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Bournemouth recruit Ibe can surpass Man City winger Sterling - Liverpool colleague Smith

Brad Smith believes Jordon Ibe can be as good, if not better, than Raheem Sterling.

The trio played at Liverpool together before Sterling departed for Manchester City in a £49million last summer.

In this current transfer window, both Ibe and Smith have left Anfield to join Bournemouth, and the Australian left-back is confident the 20-year-old can fulfil his enormous potential while on the south coast.

"Jordon is a great talent, he's already shown down here what he can do," he said of Ibe who cost the Cherries £15m.

"He's got great potential and I hope he keeps pushing on and working hard and if he does he can reach the top.

"He and Raheem are very similar players, they both have bags of talent and a lot of potential.

"I think he can definitely be an England regular. He will be up there with Raheem, if not better.

"They are great players technically.

"Jordon was at Liverpool for five years I was there for eight. We played in the under-18s, reserves and first team together so we have learnt how each other play and we are going to be a good combination.

"He stood out when he first came and then he learnt under Brendan Rodgers, who gave him his chance. He played 50 times for Liverpool and that says it all."

Andrew Slevison
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