Kaide Gordon and Harvey Elliott could be a dream combination for Liverpool going forward. The Reds must prioritise the duo.
Liverpool could well have the best 16-year-old and best 17-year-old in the country. That’s if they complete a deal for Kaide Gordon to play alongside Harvey Elliott.
Sky Sports claim a deal is close and could be imminent, costing Liverpool up to £3m. And that could be a long-term bargain.
Derby County reportedly believe Gordan is the ‘best 16-year-old in the country’, per the Athletic. That’s the kind of potential that could pay dividends on such a small fee.
Especially when Liverpool have had success with exactly that recently. The previous ‘best 16-year-old’, after all, was Elliott.
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He’s now quite firmly the best 17-year-old in England – his stats this season prove that. Elliott, despite playing for a middling Championship side, has four goals and a league-leading eight assists.
The teenager looks like a sensational talent and Gordon, in many ways, mirrors him.
Gordon has already made his senior debut, for one – much like Elliott had by the time he joined Liverpool. Both arrive with hype, too, as the best in their age group.
And the connections shouldn’t stop there – not if Liverpool are smart about it.
Elliott and Gordon can be a long-term partnership. It all depends on how they develop the latter, though.
Elliott is proving himself on the right-wing at senior level and we can quit confidently say that he’ll make the position his own. Hopefully, at Liverpool.
But Gordon’s future isn’t as clear. He’s played left-wing, right-wing, and attacking midfield for Derby’s Under 18s. His senior debut came at centre-forward.
That’s fantastic versatility – a sign of a very talented player – but the goal here will be making sure right-wing doesn’t end up being his best position.
You don’t want both him and Elliott needing to paly the same role, after all.
Instead, the grand plan is surely to see them play together. That means developing Gordon elsewhere.
Liverpool already have some great young talents at centre-forward, though, in Paul Glatzel and Layton Stewart. It’ll be interesting, then, to see how the academy setup deploys the new boy.
We’d be shocked if it were on the right long-term, though. Having both Gordon and Elliott develop at a similar rate would be a dream for the first-team and Liverpool can’t pass that up.
It would save them a fortune on quality forward, should each come close to their potential. And if Gordon ends up anything like Elliott, it could be a formidable attack, too.
Hopefully Liverpool pull this off, then. There’s a lot to be excited about with these two and one day, that excitement could translate into a fantastic first-team partnership.