Official: Derby County confirm Kaide Gordon has joined Liverpool

Derby County confirm that Kaide Gordon is now a Liverpool player. The 16-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee.

This comes straight from Derby County, who confirm Kaide Gordon is now a Liverpool player on their website.

They announce that the two teams have reached a compensation agreement over an immediate transfer.

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Gordon is their reigning Academy Player of the Year, something that recently earned him a senior debut. That debut was only a minute in a 4-0 win over Birmingham City but it shows just how high the Rams are on Gordon.

He’s still only 16, after all, and only turned 16 in October. He’s a very young player but one who is near senior level in spite of that.

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Manager Wayne Rooney, who handed Gordon that senior debut, recently had some very good words about the teenager.

“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.”

Again, it sounds as though Gordon really might not be far off senior games. And that’s exciting.

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We’ve seen the same with Harvey Elliott, after all. Elliott is only a year older and thriving in the Championship.

Now, those are incredibly high standards and we should hold back on comparing Gordon to Elliott. But it’s an example of Liverpool’s ability to find the right path for young players nearing first-team level.

Hopefully, they can do the same with Gordon. Derby believe he’s “the best 16-year-old in the country”, per the Athletic, suggesting Liverpool have a lot to work with.

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