Liverpool has secured the transfer of the Dutch forward Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven. According to the reports, Gekpo has sealed the deal with the club for £35m to £45m and the contract will terminate in 2028. Earlier this year, Liverpool had shown no interest in recruiting new strikers to its legion.
But the absence of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz through injuries has forced the management to reconsider their stance.
The Reds are now ready to form a new lineup with a 23-year-old winger who has scored thrice in the latest edition of the World Cup in his five appearances. Gakpo went through medical trials in Merseyside on Wednesday.
As the actions indicate, he will officially bear the red jersey from the new year when the transfer portals open. And we may see him debuting against Brentford on Monday, 2nd January.
Roberto Fermino, the already-existing Brazilian forward, will face a tough contest from his forward position alongside Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota. The versatility of Gakpo has already drawn Jurgen Klopp’s attention.
However, Klopp is not interested in losing 31-year-old Fermino as he has been showing tremendous credibility as number nine at Anfield for the past eight years.
Fermino’s contract will end by the end of this season.
Gakpo has disclosed his talks with Van Dijk that had convinced him to join the party with his National’s teammate. Manchester United has long been considering the Dutch national player since the summer.
Nevertheless, they ended up signing Antony from Ajax then. But they were still interested in Gakpo. But Liverpool has now shut the possibilities for ManU.
In the Qatar World Cup, he was among the favorites of Netherlands’ manager Louis van Gaal. He considers Gakpo an upcoming superstar in world football. He scored in all three group-stage matches.
The goals came from a header, one with his left and one with his right foot. For PSV, he was a vital left winger drifting inside.
Gakpo assigned a personal tactics coach to evaluate his gameplay. And the effort is paying off, as reflected in the constant rise in goal numbers and assists.
His dribbling skills, aerial shots, pace and multifunctional game have already tempted big players to sign him. But Liverpool clinched the race to beat the interests of their all-time rival Manchester United.
A sudden hit by Gakpo may sound overambitious, but his constant improvement for Netherlands and PSV implies that, in the long run, he will play a crucial role in the attacking half.
Last winter: Liverpool quickly signed Luis Diaz after he was heavily linked with Tottenham.
This winter: Liverpool quickly signed Cody Gakpo after he was heavily linked with Man United.
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| Title: Dutch Player Gakpo Signs Liverpool, Big Miss for Man United
| Author: Trisita Aich
| Date: Dec 30, 2022