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Liverpool make moves that clear first-team path for gifted Kaide Gordon

Liverpool appear to be clearing a first-team path for Kaide Gordon. The 16-year-old has impressed over pre-season.

We’ve said before that Kaide Gordon might have the Liverpool first-team in his sights. It seems inevitable given how pre-season has gone.

The Athletic claims senior Liverpool players and staff are ‘massively impressed’ with the teenager. Virgil van Dijk publically labelled him a ‘great talent’, in fact.

We’ve got fans raving about him, too, and that all combines with impressive performances in friendlies across pre-season. It all makes you wonder where he is in the pecking order.

Because the big problem with Gordon is first-team competition. He’s got the versatility to play across the forward line but there’s plenty of talent ahead of him.

Left-wing seems almost impossible, with both Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane there. Jota, certainly, isn’t going anywhere for a long time.

Liverpool, though, seem to see Gordon as a right-sided winger. And with that in mind, the first-team path is clearing.

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Kaide Gordon for the first-team?

Gianluca Di Marzio claims Xherdan Shaqiri is leaving the club soon. He’s set for Lyon, apparently.

Instantly, Liverpool lack senior backup behind Mohamed Salah. Now, we always imagined Harvey Elliott would then step into the role but that might not be the case.

Jurgen Klopp appeared to confirm on Wednesday that Elliott’s future lies in midfield. He’s been playing there in pre-season and it certainly sounds as though that’s the long-term plan.

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We always saw Elliott as Gordon’s biggest problem. Two young players, roughly the same age, both coming through in the same position.

We thought the answer was to develop Gordon as a left-winger but Liverpool had other ideas. In moving Elliott inside, the path at right-wing is now completely clear.

Perhaps Liverpool sign someone soon that blocks that path. But as things stand, the opportunity is there for Gordon.

If he continues to impress everyone around him, there’s no reason why he can’t gradually force his way into the first-team. Shaqiri is leaving, Elliott is moving – Gordon has his chance.

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