Anthony Gordon decision speaks volumes about Liverpool star as Arne Slot plan becomes clear

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Arne Slot new first team manager of Liverpool Football Club at AXA Training Centre on June 19, 2024 in Kirkby, England.
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A transfer deal is like a jigsaw puzzle. The needs of the two clubs and the player in question must all be satisfied and fit neatly together for a sale to be concluded.

You could say the same for a club’s transfer window as a whole too. With the Premier League showing that its profit and sustainability rules have teeth, the amount of money coming in and going out matters more than ever before.

An eye must be kept on homegrown player requirements too. All the pieces matter. A recent transfer decision Liverpool has made regarding Anthony Gordon shows that the puzzle of Arne Slot’s first window with the Reds is starting to take shape.

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As you’ve probably already seen, Liverpool made contact with Newcastle to discuss the possibility of signing the former Everton winger. Gordon is currently at Euro 2024 with England but has made no secret of his ambition to reach the top of the game. With the Reds back in the Champions League and the Magpies not playing any European football next season, it’s easy to see how a move to Anfield would appeal.

However, according to Daily Mail, the talks regarding Gordon’s future have broken down. The reason why aligns neatly with what we know about Slot’s transfer plans.

Newcastle reportedly wanted to sign Jarell Quansah as part of the deal for Gordon. The young defender broke through into the Reds’ first team this season, delivering numerous fine performances. His form was good enough to earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad for the European Championship, albeit he didn’t make the final cut.

Liverpool does not want to lose Quansah though. As a homegrown player who will surely become an England international soon, his value looks set to rise over the coming years.

And with the Reds looking to retain the 21-year-old, this news from Newcastle backs up what we learned recently from the Liverpool Echo. It was claimed that the pursuit of Lille center-back Leny Yoro is regarded as separate to the club's expected transfer business this summer.

In fact, following conversations between Slot and Richard Hughes, a new center-back is not considered an immediate priority for the club. The news regarding the Gordon transfer talks appears to confirm the final point, with keeping Quansah seemingly more important than signing Yoro. The pieces of the Liverpool transfer jigsaw are coming together. says: With the Reds well-stocked for forwards, the club is making the correct decision in not cashing in on Quansah. He is clearly held in high esteem by Liverpool - rightly so - and Slot may be looking to make him a key player next season.