Diogo Jota thinks Liverpool youngster Kaide Gordon has a very big future ahead of him.
Asked during a promotional video by PlayStation whether Liverpool had any players who will ‘take-over the Champions League’ in the next few years, Jota was certain they do.
“Kaide Gordon,” he answered without hesitation. “His future looks great.”
Having made his Premier League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup debuts already, scoring in the latter, that looks a pretty safe bet.
The secret’s out on Gordon
2021/22 has been a wonderful season for Liverpool for so many reasons. The team are still gunning for all four trophies and we’re nearly in May, that’s simply unheard of.
The likes of Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold have once again been terrific as The Reds dominate the top scorers and creators charts.
Perhaps one of the overlooked successes of the campaign though, was Gordon’s breakout.
It’s easy to forgot now given Luis Diaz’s impact, but Liverpool were looking a little light up-top at the turn of the year. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were away with their nations and some were wondering how Liverpool would cope.
It was against that back-drop that Jurgen Klopp turned to Gordon. He made his first start for Liverpool in the FA Cup third round tie against Shrewsbury Town in January. His goal dragged The Reds back into it after they’d fallen behind in the first-half.
His display that day was so impressive that within two weeks he had made his Premier League debut and started away to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
What lies ahead in 2022/23
Gordon hasn’t been seen in the first-team squad since that win over Arsenal on January 20th. Still only seventeen though, he has clearly made a big impression with Klopp’s superstars.
Whether Liverpool do any business for a wide-right attacker could depend on whether Gordon can impress Klopp enough during pre-season.
The Reds could do with a left-footer to play back-up to Mohamed Salah next year. If the teenager can convince Klopp that he can be that man, there’s no need for Liverpool to go out and get somebody else.
If not, it could be that a season away from the club lies in wait for Gordon. That will likely only serve to delay his journey to being a first-team regular at Liverpool, though. He has all the talent to make that happen sooner or later.