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Liverpool are in line to pay stricken Championship club Derby County a £100,000 windfall if teenager Kaide Gordon makes his debut this week.
Gordon, the 16-year-old attacking midfielder, could make his first start for Jurgen Klopp in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup tie against Norwich on Tuesday.
Liverpool signed Gordon from Derby for an initial £1 million, which could rise to £3m, in a deal which injected some sorely-needed cash into the Championship club in January.
A fee of £100,000 will be owed to Derby if Gordon starts at Carrow Road, and while it represents only a tiny instalment it will be a welcome boost for the club as they prepare for administration.
Liverpool’s assistant coach Pepijn Lijnders said on Monday: "Before pre-season we always make sure our biggest (young) talents start a week early so I went to our Under 23 training ground watching and I see one player and he has fire in each moment he touches the ball.
"I called Jurgen immediately and said ‘wow, we have a new player here’. We took the player to the pre-season, and when you know you have a good young player around is when the senior players start to take care of the player.
"You see James Milner speaking with Kaide. You see Trent becoming like a mentor.
"He can play, he can combine and he has a goal in him. He has a natural ability to get into the box and the desire to shoot. He is a typical Liverpool winger, in my opinion. We really like him."
Gordon’s sale in January was a bitterly disappointing blow to Derby, with manager Wayne Rooney admitting he was one of the best 16-year-olds he had ever seen.
Rooney gave Gordon his senior debut in the game at Birmingham City last December.
He is now expected to make his first Liverpool start after he was left out of the Under-23s' squad for their League Cup tie against Leeds on Sunday.
Derby announced on Friday night their intention to appoint administrators due to their severe financial problems, and are preparing to be hit with a 12-point deduction.
They are also still facing a further nine-point deduction for breaching financial rules, following a legal battle with the Football League which has been ongoing since January 2020.