Anthony Gordon hit out at Jurgen Klopp and Jamie Carragher claims before Liverpool transfer talks

Anthony Gordon has exchanged words with Liverpool legends in the past as summer links emerge.
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Long before Liverpool's brief transfer saga Newcastle winger Anthony Gordon, the former Everton player had drawn criticism from both Jurgen Klopp and Jamie Carragher in the past.

One affair in-particular that was feisty was the Merseyside derby in April 2022, in which Liverpool won 2-0 but Gordon had been accused by both Klopp and Carragher of diving in an attempt to win a penalty in a tussle with Joël Matip.

Gordon wasn't given a penalty on that occasion, but he also wasn't handed a yellow card for simulation, which would have been his second of the game and a sending off.

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In the aftermath of the game, both Klopp and Carragher commented on Gordon. "It was clearly no penalty," said Klopp. "He's really good but he's lucky not to get a second yellow. The first was not a penalty and the second wasn't."

Meanwhile on commentary for Sky Sports, Carragher said to Martin Tyler: "Anthony Gordon has been a revelation since Frank Lampard came in [as coach]. He just jumps over Naby Keïta's outstretched leg."

Carragher went further, saying: "there's been a tendency of this from Anthony Gordon, in the few games we've seen him. He's frustrated, he can't believe it... but that's crept into his game. He's somebody we've got to keep an eye on now."

Gordon then shot back at his critics, however, saying: "People have been calling me a diver of late, I’m not sure why. If you look back at the games, I’m getting kicked quite a lot. I’ll take it as a compliment because I must be doing something well.

"I know what I bring to the table. I know I’m not a diver, videos prove that. I might go down every now and then but that’s because I’m getting kicked. I don’t know what people want me to do. I’m just going to do my best and keep getting at people."

Gordon's apparent move to Liverpool 'broke down', as Newcastle requested Reds defender Jarell Quansah in return, plus money, to let go of the winger, to which Liverpool firmly rejected the proposal. Yet that doesn't rule out a move for the England international further down the line. says: Gordon has acquired a bit of a reputation a couple of years ago as someone who went down to the floor a little too easy, but this seems to have dissipated now, and he would make a fine addition to Liverpool even if his signing making little sense considering the number of left-wingers the club already has.