It’s been a few weeks that young Kaide Gordon will probably never forget.
One of several called up from a flourishing Academy for the four-week stint away from Merseyside, the winger was perhaps known to few outside the club before he got to work out in Austria in mid-July.
The January arrival has spent the fledgling days of his Anfield career working hard in the youth ranks, largely at Under-18 level.
But anyone unaware of the 16-year-old prior to the last few weeks will certainly have taken note of the former Derby County teen.
Quick, lively and hard-working, Gordon impressed during the pre-season games in Austria against FC Wacker Innsbruck, Mainz and Hertha Berlin.
So much so, in fact, that Virgil van Dijk even name-checked him during his first interview since returning to action this summer.
“It’s always nice to see the young boys being lifted and coming out of their shells and stuff,” said the Dutchman.
“Kaide Gordon, who is 16 years old, is coming out of his shell, he is training well and is a great talent.”
It wasn’t just Van Dijk who was taken aback by Gordon’s natural, fleet-footed ability, either.
It’s believed several in the first-team squad have noted the maturity and quality of a player who doesn’t turn 17 until October.
It was perhaps telling how much Gordon had caught the eye when he was retained with the Liverpool first team when Klopp took the decision to trim his numbers by sending home a half dozen young hopefuls at the start of the week.
While the likes of Conor Bradley, Mateusz Musialowski, Tyler Morton and Jake Cain all made their journey back to Merseyside, Gordon was kept on for game two of the back-to-back hours with Italian side Bologna on Thursday.
Nimble, skilful and playing on the right side of the attack with his natural left foot, Gordon’s path is already following one walked by Harvey Elliott two summers ago when he first joined Liverpool.
But while anticipation continues to grow for Elliott following his excellent spell on loan with Blackburn last term, the Reds will be placing no external pressure on Gordon, despite the youngster making his senior debut with Derby in the Championship last season.
As Liverpool get set to return to Merseyside for two back-to-back friendlies ahead of the visit to Norwich next week, Gordon may not be called for going forward.
He can wait, his time will no doubt come on this evidence.
Instead, he may be set to return to the Kirkby Academy to continue the hard yards towards a place, long term, in the Liverpool senior set-up.
But he will do so reflecting on an outstanding few weeks of personal development.