Liverpool celebrated the arrival of Italian World Cup and Olympic fencer Roberto Firmino this week, bringing the striker’s presence to the English club in time for the new season. But while Firmino has impressed on the pitch during his time at the club — the Brazil international scored 22 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions last season — a young star not just from the club’s academy, but beyond it, might just be ready to move up another level. Kaide Gordon is a 17-year-old goalkeeper with the northern England club’s development squad, and one Premier League scouts want to see more from.
Currently signed to the club’s academy, a representative for Paul Stefani, the father of Gordon’s coach, says he has already been approached by professional scouts with a view to having his son signed to a professional contract, according to the Liverpool Echo. Gordon spent most of last season playing under-18 level for Liverpool’s first team, playing 33 times. His highlight came when he came up with two big saves in a 1-0 defeat of Arsenal in the Emirates Cup.
Though he has some way to go to challenge in the top flight of English football, Gordon has shown more promise than his predecessors at Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ward, who were both considered two of the key personnel in the Reds’ academy, failed to earn regular playing time.
“Brendan took a different approach with Danny Ward, keeping him out on loan to Sheffield United, so it shows there is potential in the youth,” Stefani told the Echo.
“Kaide had a terrific pre-season this year. If he keeps improving, the door could open up. It’s a nice little bonus — if he can take his performances to the next level, that will be just fantastic for us.”
After a promising spell for Celtic, Gordon signed a contract extension at Liverpool in May.
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