The first of many: Gordon shows Liverpool his rich potential as Klopp's kids sink Norwich

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Liverpool wonderkid Kaide Gordon became the fifth-youngest player in Reds history as he put in a composed performance playing off the left-hand side against Norwich City
The 16-year-old became the fifth-youngest player in Reds history as he put in a composed performance playing off the left-hand side at Carrow Road

Match statistics: Norwich City 0-3 Liverpool

For Kaide Gordon, this was surely the first of many.

What a night this was for the Liverpool teenager. Two weeks shy of his 17th birthday, the winger became the fifth-youngest player in Reds history, starting as Jurgen Klopp's side beat Norwich 3-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup at Carrow Road.

It has not taken long for Gordon to show his rich potential at Anfield. Signed from Derby County in January, in a deal which could eventually cost Liverpool upwards of £3 million ($4.1m), the tricky, fearless winger has taken on every challenge since with gusto.

He could have been playing for the Under-18s against his former club at Kirkby on Tuesday night, but instead he was taking on experienced, seasoned professionals and looking entirely at home doing so.

"A big talent, no doubt about that!" Klopp had said before kick-off. "He is a really good player, you will see that immediately."

He was right. Playing on the right of Liverpool's attack - the space usually reserved for Mo Salah - Gordon's quality was apparent from the word go.

His touch is immaculate, his balance too, and for one so young, there is a pleasing appetite for the dirty side of the game too.

He had the travelling Liverpool fans applauding early on, closing down Norwich centre-back Ben Gibson hungrily near the corner flag. To play in a Klopp side you need to do those things, and Gordon does. He is no respecter of reputations.

Gordon made up a very youthful right side, with Conor Bradley also making his Reds debut at full-back. The 18-year-old has already been capped at senior level by Northern Ireland, and is another for whom hopes are…
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