Wayne Rooney clearly thinks Kaide Gordon is a special player. The Derby County manager gave him a glowing review as Liverpool reportedly near a transfer.
Wayne Rooney forever entwined himself with Kaide Gordon – something Liverpool may thank him for down the line.
Rooney handed Gordon his senior debut, throwing him on for the last minute against Birmingham City. But really, Rooney has done more than that.
He introduced Gordon to first-team training and loved what he saw. Here’s what he had to say after Gordon made his debut:
“I brought Kaide up with the first team initially to train with us for a week to see how he reacted to it, and he was one of the best trainers,” he said, per Sky Sports.
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“I kept him with us for a couple of weeks and he’s been training at the same level – if not to a better level – than a lot of the other [senior] players.”
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Liverpool will like this a lot – they’re the ones who will reportedly benefit, after all.
Sky Sports expects the Reds to wrap up Gordon’s signing for around £3m, possibly imminently. And in doing so, they get a player Derby reportedly see as ‘the best 16-year-old in the country’, per the Athletic.
Gordon’s ability to hang with the seniors bodes very well. Liverpool often integrate their best youngsters very early, long before they’re truly in the first-team picture.
So if Gordon already looks comfortable around the first-team at Derby, it may not be too long before he’s training with Liverpool’s best.
That’ll certainly be how Liverpool want things. Gordon, having already made his senior debut, could well face a similar fast-track to Harvey Elliott.
Elliott had already made his by the time he arrived at Anfield, after all. He didn’t take too long before a Liverpool debut, while his second season is out on loan for a full Championship season.
Now, we shouldn’t expect that from Gordon – Elliott is an anomaly. He’s playing far above his age bracket, shining at 17 in the Championship.
But it does sound like Gordon could quickly become one we have our eyes on.