Liverpool’s record-breaking teenager returns after being branded ‘absolutely exceptional’ by Jurgen Klopp

It’s been a long road to this point for Kaide Gordon, but the sight of him back in the Liverpool gym this week was very welcome.

Gordon’s injury nightmare dates back almost 18 months and he has not featured in a team at any level since a 3-0 defeat to Reds Under-21s by Leeds United in Premier League 2 on 7 February 2022.

A pelvic problem related to his physical growth has been the root cause of the long-term problems Liverpool have carefully managed for most of the last year and a half. After so long on the sidelines, there will be few expectations or demands placed on his young shoulders, but his imminent return will be celebrated by those who have watched sympathetically during this absence.

Gordon ran back into the club’s AXA Training Center in May and while no timetable has yet been set for his return to a matchday squad, it was encouraging to see him snapping up alongside some of his more senior colleagues this week when he was set in. through his steps in the gym at the Kirkby base. He is at least ready to return to full training this month.

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It is unclear when Gordon will be cleared to make the long-awaited competitive comeback, something he – as an 18-year-old with senior experience – must be keen to make, but when it does, it will be a testament to his mental strength and the club’s staff who had worked tirelessly to ensure that the former Derby County youngster can get out of trouble.

“The thing that’s difficult with certain types of injuries, especially with younger lads growing, they’re complicated,” Under-21 boss Barry Lewtas told the ECHO last month. “It is not the case that when you break a bone, the bone heals and you keep breaking.

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