Cody Gakpo, one of the revelations of the last World Cup, took advantage of the winter transfer window to settle in Liverpool. Officially registered since January 3, the Dutchman will take a giant step. So what should we expect from him in an overall disappointing Liverpool so far this season?
01/07/2023 at 9:00 PM
After splashing the World Cup with his talent by scoring three goals for the Netherlands, Cody Gakpo opened the doors to the Premier League. If Liverpool had planned to sign the Dutch striker next summer, fierce competition from Manchester United on the file and the cascade of injuries in the workforce of Jürgen Klopp forced the leaders of the Reds to speed up the file and deposit the tidy sum of 42 million on the table this winter, a record sale for PSV, his training club. An arrival that puts balm in the heart of the Liverpool coach: “It is obvious that he is a very, very, very good player. The age he has, his potential and the quality he has already shown in Holland and with the national team as well, all this makes him a very, very interesting player.enthuses the German. I am very happy that we were able to make this transfer. »
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Deprived of Luis Diaz until March (knee) and Diogo Jota (calf), whose return is not expected until early February, Liverpool are struggling in the league. Seven points from the top 4, Klopp and his men are back to the wall. Gakpo arrives in a construction team whose efficiency is no longer a strength. As proof, the Núñez-Salah duo only planted 12 goals in the Premier League. Author of 18 goals and 18 assists this season, the Batavian offensive will quickly have to integrate into this trident to shake up the opposing defenses. The quick adaptation is never easy, but the kid from Eindhoven can count on the tutelary presence of his captain in selection Van Djik and on the historic achievement of Dutch players at the club to help him. Wink of fate, Gakpo will wear the 18, the same number as Dirk Kuytlegend of Reds.
In terms of his profile, the 1.89m right-hander has everything of a modern striker. Fast, technical and able to strike with both feet, the 23-year-old Dutchman is considered one of the most promising players of his generation. Qualities that fit perfectly with the English championship. But its greatest strength remains its versatility: “The position he’s played most often is obviously the left wing, but if you play 4-2-3-1 he can play all four positions up front.pointed out Jürgen Klopp at a press conference. If you play 4-3-3, he can play winger. In 4-4-2, he can play on the wing and as a striker. » A wide range that will offer new tactical possibilities to his trainer. The scorer of Orange is sure to do good for Liverpool. Forced to alternate since mid-October between the good soldier Oxlade-Chamberlain or the young Carvalho and Jones, the Reds will finally be able to count on a professional left winger, capable of making the difference and bringing danger to the opposing defences.
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As Klopp recalled, Cody Gakpo is ” very young ” . Even if the expectation around his transfer is high, it seems unlikely that he will plant 15 goals in his first season. The German coach likes to take his time with his recruits. Fabinho or more recently Minamino had been chomping at the bit before having their chance in the XI. Counter-example: Luis Diaz had on the contrary transformed the team from its first steps in the Mersey a year ago. In a world where Liverpool must recover very quickly and do not have a bench as provided as Manchester City or Tottenham, CG18 may have playing time. He should know his first minutes in the jersey of the Reds from this Saturday in the Cup against Wolverhampton. It’s up to him to enter the big leagues, as quickly as he did at the end of autumn in Qatar.
By Thomas Morlec