Anthony Gordon precedent gives Liverpool transfer hope - but is also red flag

Anthony Gordon celebrates scoring against Liverpool last season
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Eyebrows across the country were raised on Saturday when reports broke that Newcastle had offered star winger, Anthony Gordon, to Liverpool, in an effort to tackle the Premier League's profit and sustainability rules (PSR) issues.

The Magpies, having spent a fortune on players since their Saudi Arabian-backed takeover in October 2021, have brought in next to nothing in the way of transfer fees.

As a result, sales needed to be made on Tyneside, and over the weekend, Newcastle acted. In January it tried to shift on Miguel Almiron to the Saudi Pro League. The Magpies were also reportedly interested in selling both Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier too.

All three ended up staying, which meant that over the weekend, Newcastle needed to recoup around $63 million to avoid a points deduction. While it managed to alleviate these concerns by selling teenage winger Yankuba Minteh to Brighton for $41 million, academy graduate Elliot Anderson for $44 million to Nottingham Forest, and receive a fee for outgoing director of football Dan Ashworth from Manchester United, there was a point when Newcastle offered up Gordon to the Reds.

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That deal would have seen Liverpool defender Jarell Quansah head in the opposite direction, something the Reds were unwilling to sanction due to the 21-year-old's potential.

And while it has been disputed as to whether Newcastle actually offered Gordon out, the Reds still hold an interest in the England winger, who is a boyhood Liverpool fan. The Telegraph, who reported Newcastle had not offered Gordon to Liverpool, caveated that news by adding the 23-year-old's head was turned by interest from Merseyside.

At one point, Gordon believed he would be playing at Anfield next season, only for his dreams to be crushed when a bid from Liverpool failed to emerge. Newcastle is said to be keen on showing Gordon some love when he returns from England duty. What that could mean is a new contract, and given how he has progressed since he departed Everton in January 2023, he would be more than deserving of a new deal.

Gordon has been linked with a Liverpool transfer
Gordon has been linked with a Liverpool transfer -Credit:Photo by Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images

Back in January 2023, Gordon forced his way out of Goodison Park by downing tools and refusing to turn up to training, pushing through a move to Newcastle where he has flourished in a team that works to his strengths.

If Gordon really wanted a move back home, then he could opt to take the same course of action he did whilst at Everton. Obviously for that to happen, a concrete bid from Liverpool would need to emerge.

And with Newcastle now no longer facing PSR trouble, its negotiating hand is far strong than it was just days prior. The Magpies signed Gordon for $57 million. Frankly, he is twice the player now than he was when he signed. His deal on Tyneside runs until 2026. Put simply, if Liverpool want Gordon, it will cost them. A lot. Thankfully, the Reds know that if push comes to shove, Gordon would jump at the chance to return home.

Gordon enjoyed a stellar 2023/24 campaign
Gordon enjoyed a stellar 2023/24 campaign -Credit:Offside via Getty Images

However, another caveat in the Gordon transfer drama could be how Liverpool view his temperament. Club chiefs might see his failing to turn up for training during his Everton days as a red flag. If he does it again at Newcastle, they might have second thoughts.

If the Magpies look to tie Gordon down to a new long-term deal, which secures his immediate future, it will be interesting to see if a release fee clause is included. While Newcastle now has a stronger hand to negotiate this summer due to having brought in fees for Anderson, Minteh, and Ashworth, Liverpool know the Magpies will have to sell again.

Come next summer, if Gordon has another outstanding season, who knows. It could be the perfect time for Liverpool to bring home a boyhood Reds fan to Anfield who it released when he was just an 11-year-old.