Jurgen Klopp shares chat he had with Liverpool teen Kaide Gordon after Tuesday debut against Norwich City
Jurgen Klopp has shared the chat he had with Liverpool teen Kaide Gordon after his debut, during a 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Norwich City.
Despite facing Premier League opposition in the third round of the tournament, Klopp fielded an incredibly youthful side to take on Norwich.
But it did not change a thing. Conor Bradley, Tyler Morton, Gordon and Caomihin Kelleher were all thrown into the starting line-up by Klopp.
Indeed, all impressed. While Bradley conceded a penalty, Ireland international Kelleher was on hand to save. Norwich has plenty of chances.
Gordon, 16, is a proper talent. This season, he already has two goals at Premier League 2 level – far beyond the expected curve of development.
It is why, perhaps, he was handed his debut. Klopp spoke after the match with Gordon, sharing the teenager’s humility following his senior debut.
“The first thing Kaide said to me after the game, when I wanted to say ‘congratulations’, he said to me, ‘Thank you!’
I said, ‘Nothing to thank me for, you deserved it.’ These boys are good and thank God they are ours,” Klopp said, as per Liverpool’s official website.
Klopp on Gordon: Can he break into Liverpool side on regular basis?
Well, not right away. But when the African Cup of Nations kicks in, Gordon will certainly have a chance of featuring from the bench.
Mo Salah and Sadio Mane will be jetting off after the turn of the year to represent Egypt and Senegal. Naby Keita will also go, to play for Guinea.
Salah and Mane means Gordon will fly up the pecking order, while Keita’s absence will force Klopp to use an attacker in more of a deeper role.
The likes of Takumi Minamino or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have to drop back, further increasing Gordon’s chances. Now, he must work hard.
The talented teen must continue to become a regular at 23’s level, keep scoring, and by the time January comes – he could add to his debut.
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