LIVERPOOL 4-1 SHREWSBURY TOWN: Kaide Gordon provided a glimpse of all the excitement during the entertaining FA Cup tie against the League One club
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Teen sensation Kaide Gordon has posted the announcement of his upcoming talent as he becomes the youngest FA Cup goalscorer in Liverpool history.
The 17-year-old has long been considered special by Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff, and in an exciting showdown with Shrewsbury we got a glimpse of all the excitement.
His goal was a savage blow to the League One guests, who have sniffed out another chapter of romance in this historic fixture, as they took a shock lead over the struggling hosts. looks sluggish.
However, Gordon is not in the mood to have the limelight stolen, and he responds with a good touch and finish to create more proof of the technique that has delighted so many around Anfield.
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It was enough to incite the Reds – and coach Klopp, who has returned to the touchline after a period of Covid-related isolation. His reaction to the teenager’s goal, and the whole team’s reaction to conceding the goal, was purely Klopp’s.
He then talks about the 17-year-old’s completion, but points out that there are “a lot of cool little stories” around the scary young side he told, after “counting the first ” in the past few days.
In fact, Klopp has brought on eight players aged 21 and under, and with 23-year-old goalkeeper Caoihmin Kelleher in goal, it has the look of a youth team.
But importantly, despite Covid’s problems at the club, he was still able to bring in Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Konate to lead young players.
They need it too as Shrewsbury threatens to make matters worse for Liverpool after a bad week when their training ground was closed, with a stunning first-half opening goal.
It came from a clever combination, with centre-back Ethan Ebanks-Landel hitting the far left, Nathanael Ogbeta swooping down and Daniel Udoh hitting it with style.
Liverpool looked annoyed, but that magical moment from Gordon solved everything, 18-year-old Conor Bradley came in from the right, and he had a delicate touch, turned and finished it all. the composure of a Fowler or Owen.
That’s fitting, because he’s currently the club’s second-youngest goalscorer after Owen. And he looks like he will have a good future.
However, it was the more experienced Fabinho who gave the Reds a crucial lead before half-time, when he switched from position after the unfortunate handling of Ebanks-Landell.
From there, it was one way, with Roberto Firmino adding a third with a daring heel strike, and then Fabinho coming in in injury time, after his header from Tsimikas’ cross Shrews’ excellent save by Marko Marosi by goalkeeper Marko Marosi.
It was a relief for Klopp after a difficult week, especially when Firmino and Minamino returned, after Covid and injury.
The real reward, however, was the performances of so many young players, with Elijah Dixon-Bonner also impressing. However, the afternoon belongs to Gordon, who has written a small piece of Anfield history, and hints at a big future that beckons.