Liverpool will play Norwich City in the EFL Cup. It’s a cup draw that will test their faith in Kaide Gordon.
Liverpool will travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City in the EFL Cup Third Round. It’s arguably one of the more difficult draws the Reds could have got.
For one thing, it’s away from home – that immediately makes it tougher. While there was always a good chance that Liverpool wouldn’t face a Premier League side at all.
Instead, this promises to be a competitive game. And that’s not necessarily what Liverpool wanted to kick off their cup fixtures.
The EFL Cup certainly isn’t a priority this season but that doesn’t mean Liverpool won’t want to win it. Even a deep run would benefit players as the Reds will almost certainly use youngsters and squad players.
The more games and experience they can get, the better for development and fitness. This draw, then, isn’t ideal.
In fact, it’s set to test just how much faith Liverpool have in Kaide Gordon.
A Kaide Gordon cup run
Gordon is one of the brightest prospects at Liverpool – only Harvey Elliott has more hype about him. We’ve had Trent Alexander-Arnold label Gordon as ‘frightening’ in an interview with The Athletic, for instance.
But does that desire stretch to starting him against away at a Premier League side? That’s the big question as Liverpool decide just how much faith they have in Gordon at this stage.
His pre-season performances suggest they can afford to start Gordon. But this is a level up, certainly.
Liverpool may decide to ease Gordon in with just a few minutes here. They may play a strong side that gives them their best chance of progression.
On the other hand, Liverpool could start the youngster and find out just how big an asset he could be already. And obviously, that’s the more exciting choice.