Staff at Liverpool have been impressed with the way Kaide Gordon has approached his recent injury problems.
The 18-year-old last played for Liverpool in January 2022. Since then, Gordon has had to deal with a number of set-backs on his road to full fitness.
This afternoon, The Athletic detail his journey back to being a first-team option for Jurgen Klopp. Having determined that ‘growing pains’ have caused him to lose a year of football, they claim that the youngster is now ‘a few weeks away’ from a return to action.
With this in mind, Gordon has reportedly begun ‘cranking up’ sessions at the AXA Training Centre.
The teenager is said to have been under ‘specialist supervision’ during his recovery. This is claimed to have involved plenty of rest, patience and gym-time, as well as the use of gadgets like anti-gravity treadmills.
During his work, staff are said to have been impressed with his ‘first-class’ maturity and positivity. First-team manager and assistant Jurgen Klopp and Pep Lijnders are even claimed to have ‘helped keep Gordon’s spirits up’ during his rehab.
Gordon’s year of frustration almost over
As Liverpool lurch from problem to problem this season, they could have really done with Gordon to call upon.
This time last year he was going about making a real name for himself. A senior debut for Liverpool was quickly followed by a first goal and a start at the Emirates in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
The world looked to be at his feet. With the Reds holding off on making a right-sided forward signing in the summer, he appeared set to play back-up to Mohamed Salah this season. Had things panned out that way, then Gordon would certainly have seen plenty of game time.
Of course, Salah likes to play wherever possible. Even in poor form Klopp continues to play him because he’s a constant goal threat.
But even the King gets tired. And besides, Liverpool’s injuries have meant they’ve had to shuffle their attacking options around a fair bit this season. Salah playing through the middle could have opened up a slot for Kaide, for example.
As it goes, by the time the youngster is ready to play again, Liverpool’s other players will be back fit. There’ll be little chances for the remainder of the campaign as he works up to fitness. Beyond that though, he’ll surely have his moment. Klopp and the staff at Liverpool clearly still hold him in really high regard. Looking forward to seeing you back, Kaide.