Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders believes Kaide Gordon has benefitted from pre-season. The 16-year-old has stood out.
Pep Lijnders has kept up a diary over Liverpool’s pre-season camp in Europe. It’s been on Liverpoolfc.com and is consistently excellent.
Today, however, was the last one as the squad head back to Merseyside with just one week to go before the Premier League kicks off. So given it is the final one, Lijnders gave more of an overview of the camp, rather than specific insights.
He did touch on a couple of players, though. One of those was Kaide Gordon, who Lijnders clearly believes has improved over pre-season.
“Kaide’s first game was his highlight of this tour, the second one was even better because there were fans there,” wrote Lijnders. “He learned his positioning to press. It’s an intensity he’d never felt.
“The disallowed goal was his worst moment, I’m sure.
“Kaide is chatting with Trent and Robbo while I’m writing. Our two full-backs are lying on the couch giving advice and talking.”
Kaide Gordon shines in pre-season
Lijnders really highlights why a pre-season camp like this can benefit young players. Gordon has played at a higher level, learned a new intensity, and been able to receive advice from the senior players.
Liverpool now know that Gordon is improving with his pressing at a senior level. They know how he’d fit in with the group and how far off he is from being consistent.
The rise of Gordon excites us and this pre-season has been wonderful in that regard. From reportedly impressing the senior players, to earning praise from fans, to putting himself in line for competitive appearances – it’s been a fantastic month for the teenager.
We can’t wait to see where Gordon goes from here as it can only be good. The teenager is making waves and we might just see him for real this season.