Kaide Gordon played into Liverpool’s controversial transfer decision this summer, according to reports. The Reds have very high hopes for the teenager.
This comes from the Athletic. They say that Kaide Gordon came into Liverpool’s thinking over the transfer window.
Specifically, they considered the 16-year-old when opting not to replace Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss winger left for Lyon this summer but the Reds never brought in a direct replacement.
Our instinct at the time was that this made sense. Harvey Elliott, after all, would step up into that right-wing spot and take over quite comfortably. Only, Elliott’s games this season came in midfield, suggesting that wasn’t the plan at all.
Instead, it’s Gordon that Liverpool have pencilled in for that spot long-term. There was no desire, then, to sign a player who could block his path.
Kaide Gordon transfer decision
This was a controversial choice, of course. Liverpool have gone into this season quite light up top and certainly less experienced. Even if Shaqiri wasn’t the perfect player for what Jurgen Klopp wants to do, he’s still an incredibly experienced player.
But Liverpool didn’t want to block Gordon’s way into the first team, so no replacement arrived. You can see where they’re coming from there but it might be a case of getting in their own way.
Gordon is clearly very talented but he’s also a relatively unproven kid. He could quickly develop into an option and a star over the next few years – but we could be talking the next five years. Few could be shocked if we had to wait until Gordon is 21 before seeing him as a true option.
Liverpool could still have signed someone and not blocked his path, then. That player would have to be 27 – 30, though, and the club doesn’t typically sign in that age bracket. They’d have had to break their own ‘rules’ in order to replace Shaqiri without blocking Gordon.
And seemingly, they weren’t willing to do that. The hope will now be that Gordon can step up and develop quickly. To be fair, that’s something he’s consistently done over his career – though, this is a much higher level.