Anthony Gordon latest Liverpool admission should worry Newcastle United after transfer offer

(From L) England's forward #18 Anthony Gordon, England's defender #08 Trent Alexander-Arnold and England's midfielder #10 Jude Bellingham attend a training session at team's base camp, the Weimarer Land golf resort, near Blankenhain, on July 3, 2024, during the UEFA Euro 2024 football championship. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Even before it emerged that Newcastle United had offered Liverpool the chance to sign Anthony Gordon, the player himself had been fluttering his eyelashes at the club it has become abundantly clear was the one he supported as a boy.

It was back in May that a report from the Daily Star suggested that the Reds were interested in signing the former Everton winger, adding that while Newcastle had no desire to sell, they were expected to shift at least one leading player off their books in the summer to avoid a Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR) breach.

Fast-forward to the weekend just gone and we reported that the Magpies had approached Liverpool about a possible transfer ahead of the PSR 'deadline' on Sunday (June 30). While admirers of Gordon, the Reds rejected the proposal as they had no interest in sending Jarell Quansah the other way after Newcastle asked for the centre-back to be included in the deal.

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With Gordon staying put at St James' Park, the Magpies instead sold Elliot Anderson to Nottingham Forest for £35m and Yankuba Minteh to Brighton & Hove Albion for £33m in a double move they hope will ensure the club avoids the type of breach that led Everton to two separate points deductions last season.

However, Newcastle may still have an issue with Gordon after he returns from the European Championship, where he has largely been an unused substitute for an England side seemingly crying out for the direct attacking play he provides. The Telegraph have reported that the 23-year-old was "extremely keen" on moving to Anfield and that "his head has been turned." But should we be surprised?

While Gordon came through the Blues' academy and was, initially at least, adored by supporters, the way his time at the club ended left a bad taste in the mouths of Evertonians. And, in an exclusive interview with Gary Neville on The Overlap, he named one of the Reds' greatest players as his boyhood idol, which of course, no self-respecting Everton supporter would ever likely do.

Steven Gerrard was my football hero growing up,” Gordon said. “Coming from Liverpool, he was like a God in Liverpool, and he was an unbelievable player.”

And if that wasn't enough, he also named a current Reds great as an inspiration. “My confidence comes from my preparation. I don't know where it comes from, I wouldn't say anyone around me is anything like that. I just love learning stuff, and throughout my years growing up, I've taken a liking to learning about psychology," said Gordon, who was on Liverpool's books as a kid before signing for Everton.

“There may be people who do the same thing as me, there may be loads who just haven't spoken about it. Some footballers like to think less, just turn up and play and trust their instincts. I just love the mindset of getting myself in that place before I'm already there.

“I saw Mo Salah talk about it - that's where I took even more interest, because I see him as an absolute machine and a winner. People like that, you're not going to go too far wrong following what they do.”

If that almost confirmed that Gordon was a Red growing up, he recently sealed the deal. Asked to describe the best atmosphere he has witnessed on a football pitch, the Scouser told Channel 4: "Other than St James' Park, it's Anfield by far. I think because I'm from the city, I grew up watching it. Before the game when they sing You'll Never Walk Alone, it's top level."

Now with Newcastle having seemingly solved their PSR problems, they will be under no pressure to sell their prized assets. That may require Gordon, who scored 11 goals in 47 appearances last season, into adopting similar tactics to the ones that helped him force through a move to the Magpies from Everton in January 2023. That would certainly not make him popular on Tyneside but, as he has increasingly been making clear, it appears his heart lies on Merseyside. On the red side.