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Klopp immediately called after Kaide Gordon’s impact in Liverpool training

The Liverpool boss was quickly informed by his assistant Pep Lijnders that they had quite the special talent on their hands after witnessing Kaide Gordon in pre-season training

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Pep Lijnders has revealed the “wow” moment which made Liverpool realise they had a huge young talent on their hands.

Teenager Kaide Gordon will become the fifth youngest player in Anfield history to represent the Reds, if – as expected – he makes his debut at Norwich in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

And Lijnders admitted to being blown away when he saw the exciting winger play in a specially arranged pre-season session with a fire in his belly that immediately marked him out as a potential star.

“About Kaide, I called Jurgen immediately and was like, ‘wow! We have a new player here,” Klopp’s assistant manager explained.



Kaide Gordon is expected to make his Liverpool debut in the Carabao Cup against Norwich (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images/Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)




“Before pre-season we always make sure our biggest talents start a week earlier than we start. They start with the U23s so I went to the Under 23s training ground, watching.

“And I saw one player and he has fire in each moment that he touches the ball. He passes players like they are not there.”

Gordon had already played for Derby’s’ first team at the age of 16 years and two months when he was signed by Klopp in February for a fee of £1m, rising potentially to £3m.









Now, he could write a little piece of Anfield history by entering the club’s top five of youngest ever players. Gordon will still be two weeks short of his 17th birthday if he plays against Norwich.

And Lijnders explained that he knew he had an obvious talent in the making, during the summer training camp.

“We take all these young players to pre-season and when do you know you have a good player around you? It is when the senior players start taking care of this young player.

“So when you see James Milner speaking with Kaide, when you see Trent becoming like a proper mentor to him, when you see that they invite him to sit at the table…all our boys invited him in the group and that helped him adapt.”







Liverpool have a crop of young players that the assistant boss passionately believes are “diamonds”, and he says their youth policy is paying dividends, with so many getting first team chances.

Trent Alexander-Arnold led the way under Klopp, to become an England star, and Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott have followed to become, as Lijnders describes “a full member of the first 16 – (which) is really important.”

And the man who has a special responsibility in producing pathways for youngsters at Anfield, says Gordon has the talent to follow…and the environment to succeed.

“He has this natural ability to be between the goal posts to score, even when a cross comes from the opposite side and not many have that,” he added.



Pep Lijnders has sung the praises of Liverpool youngster Kaide Gordon
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“A lot of wingers have dribbling skills, but not that desire to shoot, to come in the box, to score, So he is a typical Liverpool winger in my opinion because he has goals, he has speed.

“Is it harder to come into a good team for a younger player? I don’t think so – it’s harder to come into a bad team.

“Harder to come into a team which doesn’t play fluid football, or a team whose ideas are not that clear, who have a manager who is shouting like a lunatic.

“We put an identity in place the moment Jurgen came, and so that is seven years of the same ideas, the same pathways, the same trust in young players. That is the only way you can bring young talent into a first team (at this level).”


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