Kaide Gordon’s Liverpool debut: how did he play at Norwich, what did Jurgen Klopp think of his performance?

The 16-year-old was one of three youngsters to make his bow at Carrow Road.

Kaide Gordon made his Liverpool debut in the 3-0 victory over Norwich City in the Carabao Cup.

Aged just 16, the winger caught the eye for the Reds and featured for the entire 90 minutes.

Fellow youngsters Conor Bradley and Tyler Morton, both 18, were also handed their first outings at Carrow Road.

What did Jurgen Klopp make of his performance?

The Liverpool manager was full of praise for Gordon - who was signed from Derby County for a fee of up to £3 million in February - after the final whistle.


Klopp told Sky Sports: “Kaide Gordon, he is ready for these moments, he’s just ready for it.

“He’s 16 but got in a lot of good situations and I was really impressed with his physicality.

“If he can go on to play 90 minutes that shows he is really strong.”

What did he do well?

Kaide Gordon on the ball at Norwich. Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images

It was Gordon’s attacking prowess that dazzled at times.


Featuring in a right-wing role, he caused the Norwich defence plenty of problems.

It was in the 24th minute when he went agonisingly close to making it a dream debut. Gordon left a couple of yellow shirts for dead when cutting inside before fizzing a left-footed effort from the edge of the box just wide of the near post.

Before that, he did well to get the wrong side of his man and almost got his head on Kostas Tsimikas’ cross.

In the second period, the teenager roamed inside to collect the ball in the middle of the park. A quick burst of pace saw him get away from his marker before he threaded through a pass to Origi, who flashed a shot not far off target.

In addition, Gordon’s pressing highlighted his understanding when it comes to Klopp’s demands.

He was consistently looking to squeeze Norwich when he could and put them under pressure.


Where does he need to improve?

Playing just his second senior game, having featured once for Derby before his move, it was no surprise that Gordon made mistakes now and again.

Liverpool winger Kaide Gordon. Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images

There were a couple of stray passes and he might have been disappointed to have blazed a half-volley over the bar when teed-up by Origi in the 61st minute.

But, overall, it was a highly-encouraging debut both he and his manager could have hoped for.

When might he play next?


Gordon has been training with Klopp’s side regularly since pre-season.

His next opportunity to play for Liverpool will likely come in the next round of the Carabao Cup.

Fixtures take place the week beginning Monday 25 October.