News From Liverpool: “Everything’s going to plan” – Liverpool winger’s return from injury on course

Last January, Gordon was being billed as the next big name to come out of Liverpools academy.

One year on and hes almost become a forgotten man amongst supporters anyway.

Last season, he scored against Shrewsbury on his second of four first-team appearances.

He also made the bench on six other occasions but, unfortunately, his season ended soon after.

The 18-year-old last featured in February for the under-21s, and hes not played since due to fitness problems including a pelvic injury.

It has been a long road to recovery for the winger, but U21s manager Barry Lewtas has revealed theres light at the end of the tunnel.

Hes on the pitch, hes running. Were just building him up and taking care really, he told reporters including This Is Anfield.

Hes eligible to play for the youth team, which shows how young he is really.

Weve just got to be a bit careful with the injury he had but everythings going to plan, and hopefully soon hell be an option for us.

Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders picked out Gordon for attention in December when he was on media duties for the Carabao Cup.

He said: [We] didnt mention him in a long time. He went with us to Dubai and started running [for the] first time.

We know with these long-term injuries, where there is a lot of uncertainty, that he deserves a mention as well because the boy is very professional and gives everything.

I just hope we can see him back without putting pressure on the boy.

Its great to see him on the pitch [and] just to tell him as well that we didnt forget him.

Even when new boys are coming up and flying and making big steps, we never will forget the old young ones, basically.

Gordon plays primarily as a right winger but faces new competition upon his return, with summer signing Ben Doak impressing in that position also.

While the Scotsman drifts past players with frightening ease, Gordon arguably has the advantage in front of goal, with a better technique and calmer head in goalscoring positions.

Both players are still at the beginning of their careers, though, and a fight for places is no bad thing for development.