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Kaide Gordon subbed early for U19s; Liverpool clearly have plans

Kaide Gordon featured for the Under 19s against Porto on Tuesday but was subbed off early. Liverpool appear to have plans for the teenager.

There’s a lot of hype around Kaide Gordon, as you’ve likely noticed. His senior debut came last week against Norwich City and he looked bright, even if he wasn’t as effective as he’d have liked.

That did put him in the senior spotlight, though, and enough that more games seem inevitable. Especially as Xherdan Shaqiri’s departure and Harvey Elliott’s injury opens up a spot on the right flank.

It does seem inevitable. The expectation on Gordon continues to grow and just about everyone at the club appears to rate him incredibly highly. As Under 23s captain Tom Clayton recently said, the 16-year-old is something special.

So when might we see him have a bigger impact in the first-team? It’s pretty unclear right now but what certainly is true, is that Liverpool have plans.

Kaide Gordon subbed early

It’s been a strange week for Gordon. He didn’t play for the Under 23s last weekend, prompting speculation that he could be in the squad to play Brentford.

He wasn’t, of course, but there does appear to have been a promotion. Gordon isn’t eligible to face Porto on Tuesday but he still trained with the first-team ahead of the Champions League clash.

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Gordon then did face Porto’s Under 19s team in the UEFA Youth League but was subbed off at halftime. That’s a strange decision unless there’s an injury we’re unaware of.

But it appears that Gordon is spending less time with the youngsters and more with the seniors. Usually, we’d guess that Liverpool want him in the Premier League squad this weekend and that’s why he went off early.

The Reds face Manchester City, however. Surely they won’t throw him into that after leaving him out vs Brentford?

As we say, the reasoning for all of this is unclear. It does seem likely that Gordon will be a first-team player before long, however. It’s just a matter of when.

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