According to Athletic correspondent James Pearce, former Derby County talent Kaide Gordon has begun training with Liverpool’s first-team under the eye of Jurgen Klopp.
Gordon recently left Derby to join the Reds in a much talked about move.
The 16-year-old made his Derby first team debut in the 4-0 win over Birmingham City in December, becoming the club’s fourth youngest ever debutant.
But with Gordon only on a scholarship deal at Pride Park, clubs were free to prize him away from the club at the expense of a compensation fee set by a tribunal.
Both Derby and Liverpool seemingly didn’t want the hassle, therefore a fee of over £1 million and rising to £3 million was agreed as per Telegraph reporter John Percy.
Derby undoubtedly would have wanted to keep him but having failed to persuade the youngster to sign a professional contract, there was little they could do.
Gordon, meanwhile, is regarded as one of the best young stars in the country.
The Daily Mail claimed both Liverpool and Manchester United were circling, while dubbing the youngster a ‘special’ talent and one of the most exciting 16-year-olds around.
Derby boss Wayne Rooney praised his ability during training sessions at Moor Farm.
“I brought Kaide up with the first-team initially to train with us for a week to see how he reacted to it, and he was one of the best trainers. I kept him with us for a couple of weeks and he’s been training at the same level if not to a better level to a lot of the other [first-team] players. As I said to the players, if you train hard and train well, I will you give your chance. He deserves it,” Rooney told RamsTV.
Now, Gordon is looking to impress Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp with several of the Reds’ leading youngsters training with the first team during the upcoming break.
The Reds aren’t in action again until April, having previously been knockout out of the FA Cup while playing a game more than most in the Premier League.
It gives Liverpool a period of rest and to look at their future stars.
Gordon, regardless of his talent, is unlikely to break in at Liverpool anytime soon and he will likely follow in the footsteps of Harvey Elliott with a loan back to the Championship.
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