Last year 16-year-old English footballer Hamza Benwell expressed his interest in signing for Liverpool by writing in an autograph book: “To Hamza from Hamza a beautiful day. End of todays high school exams.”
Anyone who knows soccer history knows that quite often players who sign a youth contract with the club at the age of 15 go on to become professional stars. Today a schoolboy who has just turned 17 actually did just that.
Kadeem Gordon, a player from Braintree, England, gave a stunning performance on his senior debut on Wednesday. In all, Gordon appeared as a substitute for 18 minutes and scored in what was a 2-1 win. He sent an audacious long-range free kick over the wall and into the net to give the Reds the lead.
A sweet goal and free kick from new Liverpool signing, just his 1st for the club.#LFC pic.twitter.com/7NkPnefLL9 — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 31, 2018
It was, unsurprisingly, a rapid rise for the teenager from the Essex coast who was rated as a promising player before making his professional debut. Soccer websites have even touted him as a realistic chance of making it in the top flight.
Gordon began at rival side Chester City before moving to Grays Athletic last year. After another impressive season he was snapped up by Liverpool for the payment of three-and-a-half years’ salary, but for once, there was no controversy or controversy at Liverpool. Gordon took to Twitter after the game, which was also streamed on BBC One.
Welcome to the Anfield family, Kadeem Gordon! For me, it felt like a dream debut so much joy at getting my first win! Not a bad reception all in all! — Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) January 31, 2018
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