Liverpool are on the verge of signing Derby County youngster Kaide Gordon, according to reports. The 16-year-old wonderkid has been compared to Mohamed Salah and Mason Greenwood.
Gordon to Liverpool
This comes from The ECHO. They believe that the English champions are confident of signing the Derby teenager for an initial fee of £1 million, which could rise to £3m.
The England U16’s international was named Derby’s Academy Player of the Season for 2019/20.
He recently became the club’s fourth youngest debutant when Wayne Rooney handed Gordan his inaugural berth in professional football against Birmingham City last month.
According to The ECHO, Tottenham and Manchester United were also in the running for the Anfield-bound starlet.
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The report adds that Liverpool’s sustainable path to first-team football was enough to convince Gordon and his family that the teenager’s future prospects were best served on Merseyside.
Given Derby’s current financial position, a guaranteed injection of cash was enough to convince the club to sell one of their most valuable assets from the academy.
At 16, Gordon is unable to a professional contract until October 5. Liverpool were in a similar situation following the acquisition of Harvey Elliott from Fulham in 2019.
Speaking on the ECHO’s Blood Red Podcast, Jack Hasler, an academy reporter for Derby County, pointed out a number of exciting similarities between Gordon and two of the Premier League’s most prolific forwards.
“If he was to bulk up a bit, he could, in terms of a Liverpool player, be similar to Mohamed Salah in that he has that left foot that is really special,” he said.
“He is always going to score and create, but if you look at someone like Greenwood, he is good with both feet now and that is something that Gordon would be looking to do.
“[Like Greenwood] he was put straight into the first team training from the U18s and Wayne Rooney said Gordon was on a par with the senior players.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool are renowned for their ability to integrate young and upcoming players from the academy into the first team.
The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones, Rhys Williams, Neco Williams and Elliott would all argue as such.
It’s encouraging to see the Reds continually bolster up their academy ranks, especially with Jurgen Klopp contracted at the club until 2024.
The Reds boss is expected to oversee the transition of the club’s current squad over the coming years.
Liverpool’s academy, then, could be a valuable asset to Klopp as he looks to meticulously build his next array of potential Premier League winners.