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Is Kaide Gordon on the fast-track to the Liverpool first-team?

Kaide Gordon might be getting fast-tracked to the Liverpool first-team. That’s the impression we get from recent reports.

Corriere Dello Sport claims Xherdan Shaqiri could leave Liverpool this month. Now, that won’t surprise anyone.

What would be surprising, though, is the Reds accepting next to nothing for the player. That’s what the report claims and we struggle to see the reasoning.

Liverpool could let Shaqiri join Lazio for a small fee (if that) and move on. It’s bizarre to us, given the player’s performances at Euro 2020.

One thought is ‘what if it’s to guarantee Harvey Elliott games?’. And that would make some sense. Liverpool could move Shaqiri on, put faith in Elliott, and ensure that he gets regular game time for his development.

Only, it increasingly looks as though Elliott will be a centre-midfielder this season. At least, he appears set to split his time between the right flank and the middle.

Surely, then, you’d keep extra cover around on the wing?

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But maybe we’ve got this one slightly wrong. Maybe Elliott isn’t the player Liverpool have in mind.

Kaide Gordon for the first-team?

Kaide Gordon has played with first-team players over pre-season and looked good. In fact, he’s been one of the major positives over the last month.

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The Athletic claims staff and players are impressed by Gordon, while Virgil van Dijk labelled him a ‘great talent’ on Wednesday.

Then there are reports that Gordon was kept behind with the senior squad this week while most youngsters returned to Liverpool. It seems he’s going to feature on Thursday.

So all in all, Liverpool appear to be integrating Gordon into the first-team setup quite quickly. Enough that we wonder if they’re fast-tracking him.

Their stance on Shaqiri quickly makes sense if both Elliott and Gordon are going to share roles on the right flank next season. Those are two hugely promising young players and Liverpool won’t want anyone in their way.

That’s certainly the impression we get. Gordon may well have a bigger role next season than we anticipated.

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