Starlet Wayne Rooney loved is showing why Liverpool beat Manchester United to £3m transfer – Liverpool Echo

Mateusz Musialowski took most of the headlines as Liverpool completed their intra-squad friendly in Kirkby last weekend, but there was another name who would have stood out to the onlooking Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff.

Kaide Gordon has only been a Liverpool player for a matter of weeks, joining for an initial £1m with another £2m in add-ons to follow, but the excitement around him was clear from the moment Liverpool beat Manchester United and Tottenham to his signing.

Liverpool’s plan for his future and clear path to the first-team, shown already in this intra-squad friendly, gave them the advantage over the other sides interested in the ex-Derby County starlet.

As was discussed on the latest Academy Show podcast from Blood Red, while Gordon has only played four Premier League U18 North matches so far for Liverpool, he has slotted in immediately.

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Fellow January arrival Stefan Bajcetic has been training with Liverpool’s U16s team as he adjusts to life in England.

But Gordon has the advantage of not having moved countries, and he has impressed under U18s boss Marc Bridge-Wilkinson in matches against Blackburn, Sunderland, Everton and Manchester United.

Gordon trained, and indeed played, with Derby County’s first team on several occasions under former manager Wayne Rooney, but being the youngest of those selected to play in the Kirkby friendly, the talent he has is obvious.

“Largely, he plays off the right but I think he could play in any attacking position,” Derby academy expert Jack Hasler told the ECHO on a special podcast at the time that Gordon signed.

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“He can play as a number 10 or off the left as well, but in terms of Liverpool, he would be great on either wing.

“He puts in crosses, he can shoot from range and he has a good pass on him as well.

“His [biggest strength] is his dribbling skills – he is a very agile player and he has a bit of pace about him as well.

“In terms of the skills he has now, and at the age of 16, he is a top-quality player. He has a good eye for goal and he creates goals for his teammates.

“If he was to bulk up a bit, he could, in terms of a Liverpool player, be similar to Mohamed Salah in that he has that left foot that is really special.”

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Gordon cannot sign professional terms at Anfield until October, when he turns 17, but that will no doubt be a formality, just as it was with Harvey Elliott, who also arrived at Anfield aged 16.

For now, he just needs to continue performing at U18 level, where his first Liverpool goal – to follow up the one he netted in the intra-squad game, plus his two assists – will surely be around the corner.

“When I first saw Gordon in the U18s, it was last season and he was making his debut against Newcastle,” Hasler added.

“He was the best player on the pitch and he was 15.

“His physical attributes are mainly what he needs to improve, but if he continues to improve at the rate he is right now, he is going to be a great player.”