Liverpool have secret weapon they can deploy in Anthony Gordon transfer negotiations

Anthony Gordon has been offered to Liverpool
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In case you didn’t know, the Premier League now effectively has two deadlines within the same summer transfer period.

Of course, at 11pm on August 30 the overall trading period shuts. But June 30 - this Sunday - has become an increasingly-prominent deadline for top-flight clubs, as they look to ensure they have not breached the £105m cash-loss limit over the previous three years.

There is more focus on the date this year due to the points penalties slapped on Everton and Nottingham Forest last season. It is also the reason why so few clubs were prepared to spend in January.

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Newcastle United were one of those and it’s thought they are still close to limits ahead of Sunday’s deadline. This is being painted as the reason why Anthony Gordon was offered to Liverpool and why talks this weekend might not yet be over - albeit it seems Newcastle would have to make the first move again.

Liverpool feel they are well-stocked on the left flank with Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz to select from. The latter has been linked with an exit, but these reports are yet to be substantiated.

Liverpool would only consider a profit on the £50m they paid for Diaz in January 2022 and given he still has three years left on his deal, the club do not seem to be in any rush to sort out his future.

But obviously, Gordon has quality. And as an ex-Everton player, he has not been shy about his admiration for Liverpool heroes Steven Gerrard and Mohamed Salah. Dropping breadcrumbs perhaps?

The problem for Newcastle is that Gordon is away with England at Euro 2024 in Germany and so the logistics in sorting a deal become more difficult, although reports suggest Liverpool were prepared to host a medical in Leipzig if talks had progressed.

Either way, Liverpool already have a close ally nearby. Trent Alexander-Arnold was branded ‘agent Trent’ during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as Reds fans encouraged him to lure Jude Bellingham to Anfield.

His ‘first mission’ ultimately failed but perhaps the defender can have more influence over fellow Liverpudlian Gordon when it comes to easing out a communication line - all above board of course, being careful not to come under any ‘tapping up’ accusations.

Although, that said, it’s obvious that international teammates will talk and where the line starts and ends is blurry. And Gareth Southgate has already outlined how he doesn’t mind his squad discussing their club futures mid-tournament.

Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier might wish to stand close by to any of Gordon’s chats with Alexander-Arnold. But Liverpool have a two-pronged attack.

Gordon revealed last month that Curtis Jones - not at the Euros - is one of his closest mates in football having played together for England under-21s.

Gordon’s hints suggest he would be open to a Liverpool move anyway but when it comes to getting timely information across with less than 36 hours to go until July, Alexander-Arnold and Jones can perhaps aid in that.