I played with two ex-Everton players at Liverpool - Anthony Gordon must do one thing if he signs

BLANKENHAIN, GERMANY - JULY 03: Anthony Gordon, Jude Bellingham and Trent Alexander-Arnold of England walk out prior to a training session at Spa & Golf Resort Weimarer Land on July 03, 2024 in Blankenhain, Germany. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)
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Emile Heskey would like to see Liverpool sign Anthony Gordon from Newcastle United, but pointed out the extra pressure the former Everton star would face at Anfield.

It was reported over the weekend that the Magpies had approached the Reds regarding a possible transfer for the England international as they raced to raise funds in time to comply with the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules before the June 30 deadline. However, such a transfer failed to materialise when Newcastle asked for Jarell Quansah as part of the deal.

It remains to be seen if Liverpool will revisit interest in Gordon before the summer transfer window closes on August 30, but Heskey is excited at the prospect of the boyhood Reds fan moving to Anfield - even though he is an ex-Everton player.

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Having played alongside both Nick Barmby and Abel Xavier during his own time with Liverpool after the pair joined the club directly from the Blues, Heskey warned Gordon what he would need to do to make any such move to Anfield a success.

“To be honest with you, I like him! I like him a lot,” Heskey exclusively told the ECHO, speaking on behalf of 888sport. “I don’t know how it would work with him being ex-Everton, but he’s a fantastic player.

“He is a very direct, young English player. I was excited to hear it and am excited to see if it could work. I’ve watched some of his interviews, he comes across as a very grounded lad, which is good.

“It’s a lot more pressurised for them (when they’ve played for Everton). It certainly was when Nick Barmby came over! For the player, it is very, very, very tough. But we took them in straight away.

“For me, when Nick and Abel Xavier joined, it wasn’t a problem at all, welcoming these players in. As a player, as long as you know that they’re good and that they’re going to bring something to the team, you’re okay with it.

“The pressure is more on them than us, as players. Especially Nick Barmby at the time, but he hit the ground running. That’s one of the things you have to do. They do have to show it straight away.

“When you’re a good player, the one thing is you’ve got to show it straight away because the pressure is on straight away. You’ve got to show what you’re capable of straight away. But the pressure was certainly high for them going from one of the clubs to the other.”

Gordon scored 12 goals for the Magpies last season in an eye-catching first full season at St. James’ Park. And Heskey believes he would be capable of replacing Sadio Mane, who left the club two years ago, when it comes to returns in front of goal.

And while the former Liverpool striker is also a fan of Luis Diaz, who continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona and would likely have to make way if the Reds were to bring in Gordon, he concedes it could be difficult to keep the Colombian at the club.

“He’s got an eye for a goal,” the former Liverpool striker said of Gordon. “The key thing is we’ve missed Mane and we haven’t really replaced him, so the key thing is trying to replace those goals. He has the possibility of doing that.

“I like Diaz, I do like Diaz. Again, very direct, but he probably doesn’t get the goals that we would need or like from that wing.

“I do like him but if your mind is elsewhere, it’s difficult to keep someone if their mind is swaying somewhere else. If his mind has gone already, they have to try and replace him with someone who is going to want to play there.

“At the end of the day, it’s Liverpool Football Club. It’s not anyone else. If you don’t want to be there, then go.”