Liverpool agree new Kaide Gordon transfer deal with Derby
The talented teenager swapped Pride Park for Anfield last year and has since made a few appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, scoring his first senior goal earlier this season.
Liverpool and Derby County have reportedly agreed a six-figure fee to eliminate the sell clause for highly rated teenager Kaide Gordon.
The winger swapped Pride Park for Anfield at the start of 2021 before signing a first professional contract with the Reds last October. The 17-year-old has made four senior appearances so far this season, in three different domestic competitions. Now, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool have bought out the sell clause that was inserted into the original arrangement when they agreed to sign Gordon.
He reports that a commission of £500,000 will be paid to Derby in return for removing the 20% sell clause. This would mean that any future transfers involving Gordon would no longer be financially beneficial to the Rams.
The move could well prove a masterstroke for Liverpool, as years later it could save them millions of dollars at Derby. For example, if they were to sell Gordon for £20m, that would mean a £4m payment would be due to his former club.
It is also a much-needed boost for the county, which has been in office since last September. Wayne Rooney’s side, who were relegated from the Championship this season, have had a tumultuous campaign that included point deductions and transfer embargoes as well as the ongoing takeover saga.
Gordon’s involvement, perhaps understandable given his young age, has been limited this season by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Nevertheless, he offered her a number of outings. He made his Premier League debut on the bench in a home win over Brentford in January and also scored his first senior goal against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.
Speaking after the performance, Klopp said: “Kaide is always on our minds because he’s an exceptional talent. He had a bit of a drop in form which is quite normal for his age.
“He’s an exceptional talent, he’s always on my mind as long as he’s fit. We’ll see where it goes. The Shrewsbury game helped a lot, he had some good adult football and he took care of that. It’s important for his development.”
Gordon only made one appearance for Derby, a club he had been with since he was eight years old. This lone senior outing came in a league game against Birmingham in December 2020.
Speaking after his exit was confirmed, Rooney heaped praise on the talented midfielder saying he didn’t look out of place training among the senior players when he only had 16 years old. week to see how he reacted to it, and he was one of the best coaches.
“I kept him with us for a few weeks and he trained at the same level – if not at a better level – than many others. [senior] players.”