Liverpool’s latest signing Kaide Gordon is ‘one of the best’ young talents in the country, according to Derby County’s club academy director Darren Wassall.
Gordon, 16, was confirmed to have made the switch from Liverpool to Derby earlier this month, with the Reds paying an up-front cost of £1 million, with up to £3m in add-ons.
The versatile forward isn’t expected to be in the first-team picture anytime soon, however, with Gordon recently integrated into training with Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and Liverpool’s under-18’s team.
According to The Athletic, Liverpool hope for Gordon to soon make the transition to Barry Lewtas’ U23 set-up.
Gordon made the decision to join the Reds having recently been handed his Championship debut back in December by Derby manager Wayne Rooney.
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He comes with a glowing reputation, too, with Derby academy director Wassall claiming the teenager to be one of the best young players he has ever seen.
“His ability is very exciting, he’s got a lot of pace and talent,” he said, per The Athletic.
“He’s got a fantastic left foot, first touch, an ability to run with the ball and dribble with it.
“He’s lethal with his delivery from set-pieces. He sees a pass, he can score goals. His potential is massive.”
Wassall added: “When you are talking about a 16-year-old, you don’t want to put too much pressure on him by saying all that – but he has got it.
“He’s got potential – and that’s all it is at the moment – to be whoever he wants to be.”
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So, it seems Liverpool could be set to reap the rewards of another potential rising star.
We’ve seen the same with Harvey Elliott, after all, who made the switch from Fulham to Liverpool back in 2019.
The 17-year-old starlet is currently on a season-long loan in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers.
Elliott has clocked up 22 appearances under Tony Mowbray this term. He has been one of the most prolific players in the division, too, contributing four goals and eight assists in the process.
The example set by Elliott showcases what is possible for rising young stars at Liverpool if they keep themselves grounded and remain patient for opportunities.
Hopefully, Gordon, then, can have a similar effect following his transition from Derby to Merseyside.