Fabinho believes the support at Liverpool will welcome Cody Gakpo
The Reds completed the signing of the Dutch international very early in the January transfer window. He made his debut in the FA Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Talking about the importance of this signing, Fabinho concurred with the fact that a player of this quality has decided to sign for the club.
Here’s what the Brazil international said about his new club-mate (h/t Liverpool website):
“People from the club – not just manager and players but people who work in the kitchen and everyone – were really nice with me. This will not be different with Gakpo.
“So, I hope he will feel the love, feel really welcome here and be ready to play.”
With injuries to Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota, there was a reason why the club signed Gakpo now. Moreover, Roberto Firmino has not featured since the restart of the season as well.
So, as much as signing midfielders is a necessity (it still is), getting a forward over the line was of good importance too.
With Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk in the playing staff and countrymate Pep Ljinders in the coaching office, Gakpo should not have issues settling in at the club. We can just hope that he hits the ground running on the pitch.
Fabinho is right about the people at Liverpool making new signings feel the warmth. It wouldn’t be any different now as well.
We face Brighton and Hove Albion away from home on Saturday in a crunch league game. With how we are playing at the moment, it is a game where a win can boost confidence for the good.
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Gakpo made his debut on Saturday and looked good in the first half, but got phased out in the second half and subsequently subbed off. He will take some time to understand the intensity required to play here. The hope is that he does it quickly now because we need him.