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Kaide Gordan confirms Liverpool switch from Derby on Instagram

Liverpool have completed the signing of 16-year-old Kaide Gordan – and the teenager has confirmed the move with a post on Instagram.

Derby said on Friday that the two clubs had reached an ‘undisclosed compensation agreement’ for the England youth international, who was handed his Ram debut by Wayne Rooney back in December.

Gordan came on as a substitute against Birmingham, becoming the club’s fourth-youngest ever player in the process.

Following his switch from the Championship to the home of the English champions, Gordan has taken to Instagram to celebrate his move.

His post read: “Time for a new chapter, can’t wait to get started.”

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A number of his new Liverpool teams were quick to respond to Gordan with welcome messages, including James Balagizi and Harvey Blair.

Manchester City forward Liam Delap, son of former Stoke City midfielder Rory, also had some words of congratulations for Liverpool’s newest addition.

Who is Kaide Gordan?

Gordan is considered one of the outstanding up-and-coming talents in the country, having been named as Derby’s Academy Player of the Year last term.

He has clocked up five Premier League U18’s appearances for the Rams in 2020/21, scoring three goals.

Gordan has been with the club since the age of six and enjoyed 10 years in Derbyshire before making the switch to Anfield.

According to Neil Jones of Goal, Gordan will link-up with Barry Lewtas and the club’s U23’s and will not be a part of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans right away.

What they say about him?

Gordan’s former manager Rooney is certainly an admirer of the Liverpool-bound forward, with the Rams boss confirming that Derby had offered Gordan a new contract, but the teenager was adament on becoming a Red.

“Kaide is a fantastic player. I brought him into the squad because he was showing the qualities I want,” Rooney said.

“We offered him a deal which he didn’t take. As always when a player doesn’t sign up, if any of the big clubs in the Premier League come in, it is very difficult to deny the player that opportunity.

“There has been an offer for Kaide [from Derby] since before I have been in this role. He hasn’t signed it for whatever reason. Liverpool have become aware of that and stepped in.

“Once a team like Liverpool comes in for one of your players it is hard to turn that down.

“For his development, of course I would have liked him to stay at the club, but I understand once the champions of England come in and want to sign you, it is difficult to turn it down.”

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