At 17 years, three months and 11 days, Gordon took over from Raheem Sterling as the fourth-youngest player to debut for Liverpool in a league game.
The teenager is already the club’s fifth-youngest debutant in all competitions, and his latest distinction came a week after he secured his place as the Reds’ youngest-ever FA Cup goalscorer.
Jumps ahead of Raheem Sterling. pic.twitter.com/c0f1CQrOXd
— Jack Lusby (@LusbyJack) January 16, 2022
That it comes three weeks before the one-year anniversary of his £3.4 million from Derby is a testament to not only his quality and potential as a young player, but also the belief in his ability within the Liverpool first team.
One of Gordon’s biggest advocates is Alexander-Arnold, a player who has risen from the academy to make 202 appearances for Liverpool already at 23.
Taking to Twitter after the 3-0 victory over Brentford – which could have been 4-0 had Gordon finished a one-on-one late on – the right-back praised his young team-mate:
The future is bright ? pic.twitter.com/hkJY3LloV7
It was a simple statement from Alexander-Arnold but one that carries considerable weight, with hopes very high for Gordon.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain facing time on the sidelines with an ankle injury, Klopp could have lost his latest stand-in on the right flank, increasing Gordon’s chances of more game time.
While it can often be that senior players show less trust in youth on the pitch, that clearly would not be the case if their history-maker was given another start.