Cody Gakpo talks about his Liverpool debut against Wolves in the FA Cup
New signing Cody Gakpo made his first appearance for Liverpool in the 2-2 draw to Wolves in the FA Cup after securing a transfer from PSV Eindhoven for £35m. The 23-year-old Dutchman displaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the last starting XI as the left-winger.
Only two training sessions in, it would have been too much of an ask to sit there expecting a hat-trick from the player. But the performance he put in was solid and looked threatening at times in the opening few minutes of the game and came off for the Ox in the 84th minute.
It was smart of the player to not try anything extremely out of the box and it seemed like he stuck to the task of playing as a team player before he adjusts to the league’s requirements. Gradually, we could see Gakpo expressing himself more. All in all, solid but not spectacular performance from the Dutchman given how the rest of the team is still not up to standard yet.
Speaking to the club’s official website on his performance, here is what Gakpo said:
“Really great atmosphere,”
“For my own game, I think I showed some good moments and some sloppy moments.
“So, I can also still improve on those points and keep working and try to help the team as much as I can.
“Of course you learn the most when you’re playing games, so I’m looking forward [to more].”
Gakpo striving to perform!
There is no better judge of a person than his own self, and if Gakpo believes that he could still try to improve on some of his sloppy movements, it is certainly the case, and hopefully, Gakpo can integrate into the squad from the get-go and have an immediate impact similar to the last left-winger we signed.
But not everyone is Luis Diaz, and we must give Cody all the time and patience as he is a top-class talent, and the G/A will show sooner than later.
In any case, Gakpo putting in a really out-of-the-world kind of performance would not have been easy by any means as the team is not in the best of positions and we are certainly struggling to play like our older selves.
However, the season is still very long, and hopefully, the Reds turn it around starting Brighton (A) on the 14th of January. Gakpo scored 15 goals and got a further 18 assists this season for PSV until he made his debut for the Merseysiders, and would be raring to add to those numbers in the Red of Liverpool soon.
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It will take more than just a game for Gakpo to settle in at his newfound home, and hence, as ardent fans, we should probably give him time to find his feet at Liverpool, and from then, he could continue to put in performances like what he did for the Netherlands in the World Cup.