Anthony Gordon already has 'best mate' at Liverpool amid transfer links

Anthony Gordon smiles during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on May 08, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Anthony Gordon has a 'best mate' at Liverpool. -Credit:Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images

Liverpool would need to make a compelling transfer proposal to prize Anthony Gordon away from Newcastle United. But if it could reach an agreement, it would have few worries about the winger settling in — with a 'best mate' already at the club.

There would be no chance of home-sickness: Anthony Gordon was born and raised in the city, even coming through the Liverpool youth system before transferring to Everton. He has previously cited both Steven Gerrard and Mohamed Salah as role models.

But on top of that, Gordon already has a close connection with a member of the Liverpool ranks. Speaking to The Overlap, brought to you by Sky Bet, he named his best friends in football earlier this year.

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"I'd say I've got three," Gordon told Gary Neville. "Curtis Jones, Tommy Doyle, Elliot Anderson. Mixed bag there. Some club, some international."

Gordon would later confirm that Jones is an 'international' mate, although the pair — separated by less than a month in age — did briefly overlap in the Liverpool youth setup before the Newcastle winger was released as a 10-year-old. Fast-forward to last summer, and both were key presences as England claimed the U21 European Championship trophy.

Jones captained the side to success, while Gordon was England's joint-top scorer, one of three players to net twice at the tournament. Neither are eligible at U21 level anymore, and while Gordon has received two senior caps, Jones is still waiting for his first.

Anthony Gordon of England and Curtis Jones of England celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Under-21 Euro 2023 final match between England and Spain on July 8, 2023 in Batumi, Georgia.
Anthony Gordon has named Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones as one of his 'best mates' in football. -Credit:Giorgi Ebanoidze/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

There's an outside chance of the two linking up at the senior version of the competition this summer, although an injury for Jones during the last international break has harmed his chances of earning a late call-up.

If the pair are to reunite at Liverpool, it will take a massive transfer fee. The Daily Star believes it would take a bid of $126m (£100m/€117m) to really interest Newcastle, although the Magpies are under pressure to sell 'one or two' key stars in order to comply with financial rules. says: One thing you would say about Gordon is that he ticks a lot of transfer boxes. Harking back to Michael Edwards' first spell in the Liverpool/FSG setup, the club saw 23 as the sweet spot in terms of recruitment.

Meanwhile, Gordon's data holds up well. Along with Salah, he's one of a select number to reach double figures for both goals and assists in the Premier League this season.

It's the required transfer fee that makes this one hard to really imagine. But as a new era for Liverpool beckons, only time will tell and Jones would no doubt be pleased to see his 'best mate' arrive.