Liverpool’s beaten-to-death visit to Porto in the Champions League could give Jurgen Klopp a chance to rotate, but Kaide Gordon won’t be among those involved.
With 12 out of a possible 12 points so far, Liverpool is the guaranteed winner of Group B and will advance to the round of 16 as one of eight seeded teams.
It is unlikely that Klopp will make major changes for the last two group matches against Porto and AC Milan, regardless of their importance – or lack thereof – especially given the limited opportunities available to him.
But a group of fringe players and youngsters could also come into question, the latter group namely consisting of Tyler Morton, Conor Bradley and Owen Beck.
One Academy player who is absent is Gordon, who traveled with the first team to defeat West Ham 3-2 before being called up for the bench to beat Arsenal 4-0 on Saturday.
The 17-year-old would be a prime candidate in an ideal world, but he is unsuitable for Liverpool’s Champions League squad as he was banned from the initial 25-man group.
Morton, Bradley and Beck are among the 16 youth currently enrolled on List B, which allows clubs to nominate an unlimited number of players born on or after January 1, 2000 to join the roster add to.
Curtis Jones and Neco Williams benefited from this rule, but Gordon, like Harvey Elliott, does not fall under these guidelines.
UEFA states that list B players “must have been eligible to play for the club in question for an uninterrupted period of two years from their 15th birthday”.
Since Gordon joined Liverpool in February of this year, he could not be enrolled on List B and should have occupied a valuable place on List A.
Mateusz Musialowski, who has trained with the first team several times in the past few weeks, together with goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga and midfielders Melkamu Frauendorf and Bobby Clark also hit the same topic.
Elliott was included in List A because of its importance to the senior team.
Next year the No. 67 will be allowed to play on List B – though the same cannot be said of Gordon, who could effectively replace Elliott on List A next season if his development goes as hoped.