Liverpool have completed the signing of teenage sensation Kaide Gordon from Derby County for a reported price of 3 million pounds including add ons. The 16-year-old is considered to be one of the brightest talents in his age group and Liverpool are delighted to get the deal over the line.
Derby County released an official statement saying that two unnamed clubs also reached an agreement with the Rams, but the player decided to move to the home of the Premier League champions.
Gordon became the club’s fourth-youngest player to play for the first team when he made his debut coming on as a substitute against Birmingham in December.
The youngster has been at the club since he was 6 years old and has played for all the age groups at the club. Gordon played the majority of his football for the Derby U-18s in the last two seasons and became a subject of interest amongst the big European clubs after he rejected a new deal from Derby.
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney, who recently hung up his boots to become a manager full time said he was desperate to keep the talented youngster at the club but at the same time, he understood why he left for Liverpool.
“Kaide is a fantastic player. I brought him into the squad because he was showing the qualities I want”
“There has been an offer for Kaide [from Derby] since before I have been in this role. He hasn’t signed it for whatever reason. Liverpool have become aware of that and stepped in.
“For his development, of course I would have liked him to stay at the club, but I understand once the champions of England come in and want to sign you, it is difficult to turn it down.”(Source : Goal)
Gordon will join Liverpool’s U-23 set up for now and will not be a part of Liverpool’s first-team till next season as Klopp wants to slowly integrate the youngster in the first-team setup, reports Goal’s correspondent Neil Jones.
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