Liverpool FC youngster Jordon Ibe’s loss of form is beginning to worry the Reds faithful. However, it is the ability to overcome such situations that separates the best from the rest.
There have been so many players who have failed to live up to their talent. The reason for this is mainly that talent in itself means nothing if it cannot produce results.
To produce results, one must have the talent, work hard on the training ground to hone it in skills, stay away from distractions in order to focus on progressing and must have the mental ability to bring the skills out on the pitch during match days.
There is a reason even the best of finishers miss penalties – pressure. Playing in a game is different from training. It is a combination of having the skills and the mental ability to overcome obstacles or focus to bring those skills on the pitch. And the truly special ones bring them out under immense pressure, too.
One of the aspects of managing the mental state to bring out the skill on the pitch is overcoming obstacles like self-doubts.
For Jordon Ibe right now, the Red shirt on his body is weighing very heavy, and he is having a hard time overcoming the first real challenge that fazes him on the pitch.
Ibe has been superb so far at every level, terrorizing defences at will. He also made a fantastic start to his first team career at Anfield when he was widely acknowledged by coaches, pundits and fans alike for being one of the better players at Anfield towards the second half of last season.
Expecting to kick on to another level, Ibe was heard saying numerous times (and cancelling his holiday to train with Kenny Dalglish) about wanting to improve his goal scoring record at Liverpool.