Jurgen Klopp believes Kaide Gordon already has one ‘really exceptional’ skill that’s at the top level. The 17-year-old scored for Liverpool on Sunday.
Kaide Gordon started for Liverpool against Shrewsbury Town earlier today and delivered his best display yet. You can quite easily see why the Reds reportedly see him as another Harvey Elliott.
Gordon played from the right wing, offering a great mix of out-and-out wing play and an ability to cut inside. He threatened goal on a couple of occasions, one of which proved too much for Shrewsbury to handle.
Conor Bradley did brilliantly on the right flank to fire a pass into the box, straight to Gordon’s feet. The teenager composed himself, took a couple of touches and simply passed it into the net.
The finish looked like something from a seasoned top-level striker, rather than a kid scoring his first ever senior goal. But according to Jurgen Klopp, ‘that’s Kaide’.
Jurgen Klopp on Kaide Gordon
“Kaide obviously finishing-wise he’s an adult,” said Klopp, per Liverpoolfc.com. “His finishing is really exceptional, but all the rest he is still a kid. So playing the position the way he plays, there is so much to improve.”
“That’s Kaide, that’s Kaide,” he said when pressed for more. “That he is in these situations really calm.
“I will not say that for the rest of his career in these situations he will always score, but I’m pretty sure more often than not because that’s just him.”
It’s exactly what you want to see from a kid like Gordon. He’s got a skill that seems incredibly natural for him and immediately he teenager has something to build around for the rest of his career.
And for Liverpool, they perhaps have a natural successor to Mohamed Salah on that flank. There’s a long, long way to go before Gordon ever reaches that level but this is one hell of a start.
If Gordon can continue finishing like a natural, he’ll fit right in with Liverpool’s system. There’s a very bright future here.