Jurgen Klopp gave blunt Anthony Gordon verdict after Liverpool target left in disbelief

Jurgen Klopp wasn't too happy with Anthony Gordon after Liverpool's meeting with Everton in 2022
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Jurgen Klopp wasn’t left too impressed with Anthony Gordon during the Liverpool target’s spell at Everton.

Gordon looks to be firmly on the Reds’ radar after talks over a possible transfer broke down with Newcastle. According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool was close to a deal, but rejected a proposal from the Magpies that would have seen Jarell Quansah move in the opposite direction.

Talks could still be revived, although it now looks increasingly unlikely that Newcastle will need to offload the England international. With deals in the works for Yankuba Minteh and Elliot Anderson to join Brighton and Nottingham Forest respectively, the St James’ Park club’s PSR fears will be eased before the financial deadline today.

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Although Gordon has dropped several hints that he is a Liverpool fan, he has had his run-ins with the Reds in the past, not least during his time as a player at Goodison Park.

One Merseyside derby at Anfield in particular saw him receive a rather blunt verdict from Liverpool’s former boss. Gordon was left in disbelief after not being awarded a penalty during a 2-0 defeat for Toffees at Anfield in April 2022.

The forward even took to X (formerly Twitter) to vent his frustration after the challenge from Joel Matip. Gordon posted a clip of the incident along with a series of facepalm emojis.

Klopp though took a much different view. The incident came after Gordon had been booked earlier in the game for a dive, and the former Liverpool boss felt he should have received the same punishment after Matip’s challenge.

"It [the second] was clearly no penalty,” Klopp told BBC Sport after the game. “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."

Klopp’s comments were echoed by former Reds defender Jamie Carragher at the time. “There's been a tendency of this from Anthony Gordon, in the few games we've seen him,” Carragher commented. “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." says: Anyone with a good memory will know how contentious a moment that was with Gordon a couple of years ago. That may have got him in the bad books with a lot of Liverpool fans, although we’re sure many of them would forgive him if he were to make the move to Anfield, especially since it would no doubt annoy Everton supporters.