GARY Waddock has backed Jordon Ibe to go all the way to the top after the teenager finally secured a "life-changing" move to Liverpool.

The Wanderers wonderkid has long been linked with a move to the Premiership giants, and now it's official that he will be moving to Anfield.

Ibe had a trial period with the former Champions League winners in the summer and put pen to paper on a deal with the Reds on Tuesday.

And Waddock says the south London-born youngster can make it all the way if he keeps his feet on the ground.

The Blues boss said: "He'll be a success. If a club of Liverpool's size show an interest and want you, who knows what he can achieve? It's up to him, he's got the ability and the talent. It's up to him now how far he wants to go. I'm sure Liverpool will get the best out of him.

"He's done everything that's asked of him since he's been here. Credit to Richard Dobson and the youth department for finding a player of that quality and nurturing him along. We've had to manage him, put him in and take him out, given him his debut and taken him out, he's got his goal and we've taken him out.

"Everything we've asked, he's been very mature in what he's done with his training and his manner.

"He had to make a massive decision to go up to Liverpool - you can't turn that opportunity down. It's not only a career changing decision, it's a life changing one as well, for him and his family. It's a fantastic opportunity for him and one where we couldn't stand in his way. I'm absolutely delighted for him and his family."

The fee involved in the deal has been undisclosed but reports last week suggested Wanderers could earn us much as £500,000 from the transfer.

Asked if Ibe could return to Adams Park on loan, Waddock said: "We've not discussed that at all but you never know."