Cody Gakpo has been played in a few different positions by Jurgen Klopp this season, namely on the left of a front three, down the middle as a false nine, and even in midfield.
During his time at PSV, Gakpo was mainly used on the left-wing – suggesting that his deployment in midfield and down the middle is condemning the 24-year-old to playing out of position.
However, Dutchman has performed admirably when asked to play ‘out of position’, although he understandably did struggle when asked to operate in the engine room.
It has been a stable start to the season for the 24-year-old, managing 5 goal contributions in 14 appearances.
His season has also been interrupted by the knee injury sustained at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He did well on his first start back from injury by scoring against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.
“After my arrival he [Jurgen Klopp] immediately put me as a striker, yes, but also just behind the striker.”
“And now also more from midfield.”
“I am challenged to get out of my comfort zone. I like that. Roger Schmidt already started doing this at PSV,” he said.
“You have to adapt and invest. This makes you a better, more complete player.”
So, it seems that Gakpo does not have any qualms about not being in his favoured position, despite that fact that is probably impacting his goal tally for the season.
The Dutchman comes across as real team player and this is just another example of his selflessness.
Cody Gakpo, Virgil van Dijk, and the Netherlands are next in action against Gilbralter on Wednesday evening.
It is purely a formality the Netherlands have already qualified for next year’s European Championship in Germany.