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Liverpool Closing In On This Derby County Youngster: One For The Future For Klopp?

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In a recent report, The Daily Mail has claimed that Liverpool are closing in on Derby County youngster Kaide Gordon. However, a deal is yet to be finalised as the Reds are set to hold talks with the Rams over the next 48 hours ahead of a potential move for the player during this January transfer period (via The Daily Mail).

Gordon’s Impressive Rise At Pride Park

Gordon is widely considered as one of the brightest young players in the EFL Championship. The English prospect came through the youth ranks of Derby before finally going on to make his debut for the East Midlands outfit in the 4-0 league win over Birmingham City last month.

The 16-year-old has caught the eye for the Rams at the Under-18 level after banging in three goals and providing two assists in five appearances in the U18 Premier League. Gordon has already shown that he has a knack for scoring and creating goals during his youth career. Now the next step for him would be to push for more first-team minutes in the coming seasons.

The talented teenager has the potential to become a world-class winger at the highest level, so Liverpool will do well to get a deal over the line for him before the transfer window slams shut at the start of next month.

Liverpool closing in on Derby County's Kaide Gordon (Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is seen in the photo)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks on prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace at Anfield on June 24, 2020, in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

What Are The English Starlet’s Best Attributes?

Gordon is a terrific young winger who can make plays for others around him. He has the vision to pick out a killer pass in the attacking third and has transformed himself into a composed finisher in front of the opponent’s goal. The English wonderkid is also highly versatile. He is primarily a right-winger but can also fill in down the left flank or operate as an attacking midfielder down the middle. However, he is still quite raw and has a long way to go before he is ready to feature in the Premier League.

Is Gordon A Prospect For The Future?

The Reds could benefit from bolstering their academy even further following the recent success of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Rhys Williams, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams over the past 12 months. Gordon will be a great fit for them as he is a brilliant young winger who has the potential to grow into a future star in English football.

At 16, Gordon still has a long way to go, but the early signs have been quite promising from him thus far. Jurgen Klopp is one of the best coaches in world football in developing young talent, so he might fancy getting the best out of the player in the years to come.

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