Kaide Gordon joined the first-team training session at Liverpool on Thursday. The youngster has a lot of hype about him.
Much of the first-team is away on international duty and that opens the door at Liverpool. As is usual, they had many youngsters step up to train with the remaining stars.
One of those was Kaide Gordon. The teenager joined Liverpool in 2021 from Derby County.
The Daily Mail believes Liverpool paid around £1m upfront for the player, potentially rising to £3m with add-ons. It’s a fairly steep price for a player with next-to-no experience.
But the fact Kaide had any first-team experience at all was a sign of his ability. He made his Derby debut at just 16, becoming the fourth-youngest to represent their first-team.
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There is plenty of hype around Gordon as a result. He’s consistently shown an ability to step up, impressing manager Wayne Rooney with his training among senior stars.
“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,” said Rooney.
The Athletic cites an inside Derby source who has Kaide down as ‘the best 16-year-old in the country’.
And now it seems Liverpool will see how he copes up against a selection of Premier League champions.
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Jurgen Klopp is not shy to put kids in the first-team. We’ve seen it in spades with cup competitions, while Curtis Jones and Neco Williams both become first-team players before turning 20.
The likes of Rhys Williams, Billy Koumetio and Leighton Clarkson have all got on the pitch this season, too.
If Gordon impresses, then, he’ll get his chance. We’re certainly very excited at his potential, especially with Harvey Elliott on the books, too. That’s potentially the best 16 and 17-year-old players in the country both at Liverpool.
Gordon makes his biggest step, then, joining Liverpool for first-team training. Hopefully, this is just the start of a great career in Red.