Liverpool pulled off a ‘tremendous bit of business’ by bringing in Cody Gakpo during the January window, CBS reporter Ben Jacobs has told GiveMeSport.
The 23-year-old had been in outstanding form for PSV Eindhoven in the 18 months prior to his switch to Anfield, but he has been unable to hit the ground running in his new environment so far.
Liverpool news – Cody Gakpo
A report from Sky Sports revealed that Liverpool had won the race for Gakpo’s signature and have paid PSV a fee ranging between £35 million and £45 million for his services.
The Netherlands international has penned a contract worth £120,000-per-week until the summer of 2028 after previously being heavily linked with fellow Premier League outfit Manchester United.
Gakpo earned his move to Jurgen Klopp’s charges by registering 21 goals and 15 assists in 47 appearances throughout 2021/22, claiming the Dutch Cup along the way.
And a stunning return of 30 goal contributions in 24 outings in the first half of the current campaign meant Liverpool couldn’t wait until the summer to secure his signature.
However, Klopp will want to see a tangible return on his investment sooner rather than later, especially given his side’s struggles on the pitch this season.
What has Jacobs said about Gakpo?
Jacobs has told GMS that he still believes signing Gakpo was a significant coup for Liverpool and that they managed to sign ‘one of the best players from the World Cup’.
He said: “We mustn’t forget with Liverpool that they began the window with a £40 million purchase of Cody Gakpo, which, for January, is a tremendous bit of business.
“And when the window first opened, that fan base and football club was very excited because they felt that they’ve got a jump ahead of Manchester United, who never bid, and brought in one of the best players from the World Cup.”
How well has Gakpo been playing?
Gakpo has made five appearances to date in a struggling Liverpool side and has so far been unable to score a single goal or provide a solitary assist for his teammates.
And the versatile 6 foot 3 star admitted to being ‘sloppy’ in his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“For my own game, I think I showed some good moments and some sloppy moments,” Gakpo said. “So, I can also still improve on those points and keep working and try to help the team as much as I can.”
The best is still surely to come in a Liverpool shirt for Gakpo, but the reigning FA Cup holders need him to adjust sooner rather than later.