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Cody Gakpo talks about Jurgen Klopp ‘conversation’, hints at Liverpool change of stance



Cody Gakpo talks about Jurgen Klopp ‘conversation’, hints at Liverpool change of stance

January signing Cody Gakpo discussed his first weeks as a Liverpool player after joining from PSV Eindhoven

Cody Gakpo admits his acclimatization to Liverpool is made more difficult by the dismal form of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Gakpo has only tasted victory once after arriving from PSV Eindhoven last month for what could ultimately amount to £44m.
The striker is yet to contribute a goal or an assist in six starts, the slowest impact made by a big-money Reds striker under the Klopp era.

But the Holland international is determined to start making his mark and has revealed he is in regular dialogue with the Liverpool manager. It’s always different when you come into a team that may have been first and won every game, but are in a bit of a tough spot now,” Gakpo said.

“So, for me, it’s to come and show what I can do. If we were the first, I have to do it, and now that we’re in a different place, I have to do it too. I just try to show my best side.

“The coach gave me a very warm welcome and I really appreciated it. We had a good conversation and now he helps me adapt to the team as soon as possible. To do this, I have to keep working hard and improve. “”

Gakpo, who will keep his place for the Merseyside derby against Everton on Monday in Anfield in Anfield.

And the 23 -year -old has no doubt where he is best suited right now. “I am someone with a direct style of play, a hard worker and a winner,” he said. “I am an attacker who can dribble, mark and models. It’s a good asset to have the ability to play in multiple positions, but in the end I think every player has a position they like the most and maybe that’s where they are at their best.

“For me, at the moment I like playing on the left wing because I’ve been playing there for four years so that’s what I’m used to but maybe I’ll develop better in another position and then play there.

“I played in the center in the FA Cup with Wolves and against Chelsea. I like it. He’s more in the center of goal.” I’m not that used to it yet, so I still have to develop in that position. I don’t know if I will finish there, but (former Netherlands coach) Louis van Gaal told me I will finish in the middle, so maybe I will.”

Gakpo added to Walk On emagazine: “I had a different style of play in the Netherlands, so in terms of applying pressure and running back, I’m learning about that. I’m learning a lot and I’d like to learn even more, so I’m really enjoying it. quality and we have a great team. I want to play with and against the best players, because this is only good for my game, to get better as a player.”

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what makes life ‘difficult’ for Cody Gakpo at Liverpool – Ronald Koneman

New Netherlands boss and former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has given his verdict on Cody Gakpo’s start to life at Liverpool

Former Everton boss Ronald Koeman has explained why he thinks Cody Gakpo is struggling at Liverpool.

The Reds signed the striker from PSV Eindhoven during the January transfer window. An initial fee of £37m has been agreed, with add-ons potentially taking the deal to over £40m.

To date, Gakpo has made six appearances in a Liverpool shirt. The Netherlands international is yet to score or provide an assist which has drawn criticism in some quarters. Gakpo held several positions in his early days at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp has used the 23-year-old as a left winger and a centre-forward on several occasions.

Before moving to Merseyside, Gakpo had scored 13 goals and provided 17 assists in 24 appearances for PSV. And now Koeman, who was recently appointed as the new coach of the Netherlands national team, has given his verdict on Gakpo’s move to Liverpool.

Speaking on a Youtube channel hosted by former Everton winger Andy van der Meyde, Koeman said: “The level in England is higher than in the Netherlands, but they are also young boys, “Like (Ryan) Gravenberch who goes to Bayern (Munich) and doesn’t play. Then it’s difficult.

“You can tell he’s ended up in a team that’s not doing well. Then it becomes more difficult for him, as a newcomer. You’re immediately put to the test.” “And if you don’t score or you’re not important and you don’t win any games, it’s very difficult, especially for a young player.