Why Liverpool turned down Anthony Gordon transfer? Non-negotiable and current state of play

Anthony Gordon
-Credit: (Image: Getty Images)

A whirlwind 24 hours has seen Liverpool turn down the opportunity to sign Newcastle United winger Anthony Gordon.

It emerged on Saturday morning the Magpies had approached Liverpool about potentially signing the England winger, in a move that would have seen Reds defender Jarell Quansah head in the opposite direction. While there was bemusement across the football world that Newcastle would so readily offer up their player of the season for sale, the Magpies have been battling PSR uncertainty, keen to avoid a points deduction next season.

Those fears now look to have been alleviated by the prospective sales of teenage winger Yankuba Minteh to Brighton & Hove Albion for $41m (£33m/€38m) and Newcastle academy graduate Elliot Anderson for $44m (£35m/€41m) to Nottingham Forest. Newcastle has long been looking for a successor to Fabian Schar who will turn 33 next season, and viewed Quansah as someone who could partner Sven Botman at the heart of the Magpies defense.

READ MORE: 'Ultimate dream' for Liverpool player could become reality with Anthony Gordon transfer
READ MORE: Anthony Gordon decision speaks volumes about Liverpool star as Arne Slot plan becomes clear

However, Liverpool does not want to let Quansah, a player they rate highly, leave, even if they admire Gordon. In Quansah, Liverpool has a defender they view as the long-term successor to Virgil van Dijk, a player who would cost a fortune to replace.

Selling Gordon to Liverpool from a Newcastle perspective would probably have cleared their PSR issues, which they now look to have achieved by moving on Minteh, a player who never played a single minute for the Magpies, and Anderson. And while the former Everton winger would be an excellent signing for the Reds, bringing in Gordon could also create a headache for new Liverpool boss Arne Slot.

Liverpool are well stocked with forwards who can play off the left. While Cody Gakpo has been used in several different positions so far, his best position is out on the left where he can cut inside onto his right foot. Similarly, Luis Diaz’s best position is also operating out wide on the left, while both Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota can also play there.

With Newcastle now in a much stronger financial position thanks to the sales of Minteh and Anderson, the latter of which represents true PSR profit due to being an academy graduate, it is unlikely Gordon will leave Tyneside this summer.

However, poor planning left Newcastle needing to make deals to sell two of their best young stars in chaotic fashion before July 1. They will have to become more proactive in planning the sales of their bigger stars if they want to improve their squad in the coming years.

If Gordon continues to improve and develop under Eddie Howe, Liverpool may view the England international as a long-term target, and look to revisit a deal next summer.