Ibe, who was born in south London, is eligible to play for the African country through his father, David. Sunday Oliseh, the new Nigeria manager, has made a personal plea to the 19-year-old.
Oliseh travelled to Liverpool’s training ground, Melwood, on Wednesday to try to convince Ibe to change his allegiances from England.
Ibe impressed the Anfield regulars last season
It is an ambitious move by Oliseh, a former Juventus and Borussia Dortmund midfielder, given that Ibe is sure to attract the attention of England manager Roy Hodgson over the next few years.
Ibe has represented England throughout his youth career, but Nigeria have made no secret of their wish to recruit him.
Speaking last season, Victor Ikpeba, a member of their technical and development committee, said: “The federation is looking at Jordon Ibe. We need to change our philosophy and bring in these young players to help out.”
Ibe is sure to be asked by the Football Association to snub Nigeria and commit his international future to England, however.
Ibe has already represented England at youth level
The FA recognises it can ill-afford to lose any of the country’s brightest prospects. The number of home-grown players in the Premier League has been dipping at an alarming rate and it is inconceivable he will be allowed to turn his back on the country he has represented at under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels.
Ibe is regarded as a key player for Liverpool this season, with his development one of the main reasons his club were prepared to accept the £49 million bid for winger Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.
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