Let’s start with his goals because his goals caught the eye in Qatar, where Cody Gackbo became the first Dutchman to score in each of the three World Cup group matches.
All finishes are machined. One was a header, one a left footer, and one a right footer, and each was the first goal of the match. It alludes to a player with a calm mind, the ability to keep emotions in check, to make good decisions and to implement them under pressure.
Gakpo scored the winning goal for PSV Eindhoven in the KNVB Cup final in April, has 13 in 24 appearances for his club this season, and has honed his eye for goal under Ruud van Nistelrooy, the former Manchester United and Netherlands striker who took over from Roger Schmidt. in summer.
Upcoming Cody Gakpo fits the profile of wide forwards for Jurgen Klopp to capitalize on at Liverpool
For Jurgen Klopp, the 23-year-old fits the profile of his wide striker, with a natural instinct to cut in from the left to link up with others and threaten goal with his powerful right foot.
It’s easy to imagine him wreaking havoc on the left of Liverpool’s front three. Trent Alexander-Arnold fired diagonal passes from the right, while Andy Robertson darted forward on the overlap and Darwin Nunez from center to the inside left channel.
Gakpo’s strengths should align well with this movement, and enhance team flow and fluidity. They will also go some way to make up for the goals Sadio Mane lost to Bayern Munich and cover the void from the injuries of Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota.
Although his signature move is the goal against Qatar in the World Cup, where he drifts in from the left to shoot, Gakpo has the versatility to go outside with a change of pace. He can read the game alive on the counterattack.
Jacobo’s left foot proved effective as he opened the scoring for the Netherlands against Ecuador
He has a good left foot, as he proved with a fine strike against Ecuador, and at 6ft 4in, he’s tall and useful in the air, as Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy can attest after breaking Senegal’s resistance with a header from Gakbo in Qatar.
If there are transfer doubts, they surround a quality move from the Eredivisie to the Premier League.
In recent years, many talented creative players have found it difficult to adapt in one move. Think Memphis Depay, Steven Bergwijn, Davy Claassen, Hakim Ziyech and Donny van der Beek. The tempo is definitely faster. Games are more intense and more physical. They come around frequently. More than ever, there is a demand to work again and contribute to the ball.
But Jakobo’s position is not in question. Leeds wanted him last summer and they are as demanding as any team in the Premier League where running power and work rate are concerned.
Former PSV coach Roger Schmidt said Gakpo could become a ‘very complete player’
PS boss Schmidt has previously said he is “very reliable both physically and mentally”. “He has the potential to develop into a very complete player.” Klopp will have consulted Virgil van Dijk as well as reports gathered over time by his excellent scouting network. Will be enthusiastic about what appears to be room for improvement and willing to learn as is through initial ability.
Gakpo’s build and versatility have led to the theory that he will develop into a central striker – perhaps like Harry Kane – with the vision and intelligence to go deeper and link play while still threatening the goal with all sorts of finishing touches.
Louis van Gaal, when looking at options to cover Depay’s injury-prone absence at the World Cup, said Jakopo was uninterested in the idea and preferred wide-open spaces, but had no doubt he had the tools to do the job. If he sets his mind to it.
Where will this Nunez record signing leave? For the time being, it is irrelevant. Gakpo arrives primarily as a wide player to help get the best out of striker Nunez’s heart.
Gakpo was brought in to get the best out of Darwin Nunez into Liverpool’s Klopp system
Crucially, he represents another serious option in Klopp’s squad, who saw Manchester City bring Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish to the bench on Thursday as they knocked Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup.
The biggest clubs bring together super teams. This includes six top-tier attackers with different strengths and styles, to be rested and rotated, and mixed this way and that depending on the circumstances.
Gakpo is another subtle deal-closing coup at Anfield. This time last year, they were hijacking a Tottenham transfer in favor of Diaz, who slipped into Anfield seamlessly.
Now, they’ve beaten Arsenal and Manchester United to strike a deal for another talented player, and if he continues to score goals at the same rate, they’ll consider £45m a fair price.
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