“Gakpo, I was in a hurry to transfer to Liverpool”…’Netherlands new manager’ Koeman’s lament
Dutch soccer team new head coach Ronald Koeman (59) expressed regret over Cody Gakpo (24), who transferred to Liverpool in the winter transfer market.
Gakpo is a Dutch striker born in 1999 and has been active at PSV Eindhoven (PSV) since childhood. He made his professional debut in 2018 as a teenager and was recognized for his potential and quickly established himself as a key player in the team. He digested all areas of attack, such as the side and the forefront, and stood out by recording 21 goals and 15 assists in 47 games in the 2021-2022 season.
In this 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he was selected for the Dutch national team led by coach Louis Panhal (71). With team ace Memphis Depay (29) unable to play due to injury, Gakpo led the team to advance to the round of 16 by scoring goals in 3 consecutive matches in the group stage.
This drew attention from many teams. He was strongly linked to Manchester United under manager Eric Ten Haag (53), but Liverpool actively negotiated and recorded a transfer fee of 37 million pounds.
Regarding this, coach Kooman commented on the personal channel of Andy Van der Meider, who played an active role in Inter Milan and PSV in the past, that “the transfer of each force to Liverpool was too early.”
Coach Koeman said, “The Premier League is at a higher level than the Dutch Eredivisie, but he is still young. Just as Ryan Gravenberch (21), who moved to Bayern Munich last summer, is also struggling, so is Gagpo.”
“You can see that he didn’t fit well into the team. He also struggles when signing a new contract later. He is always put to the test. If he doesn’t score or gets midfielded, it’s going to be a particularly difficult situation for young players. If he was in his late 20s, this situation would be different, but it is not.”
Gakpo is starting right after joining Liverpool. Currently, Luis Dias (27) and Diogo Jota (27) are in charge of the team’s attack with Mohamed Salah (31) and Darwin Nunez (24) unable to come out due to long-term injuries. 먹튀검증
However, he has started 6 games after moving to Liverpool, but has no attack point yet. It is clear that he has not fully adapted to the team yet. Considering that he had recorded 13 goals and 17 assists in 24 games at PSV before the World Cup, the red uniform’s leg cloth is showing a disappointing performance.