Cody Gakpo has yet to score since his arrival at Merseyside at the end of December, but the 23-year-old is confident that he will soon find his feet in the Premier League.
Amid strong interest from plenty of clubs, Liverpool signed Gakpo from PSV for £35 million at the start of the January transfer window to add more firepower to the Reds’ already impressive attack.
Gakpo gave an interview to liverpoolfc.com, in which the Dutchman spoke about adapting to life in England and adapting to his new teammates:
“From a football perspective, it’s a new environment on the pitch, with new players and a new team. I can tell it’s a really great group. Every day I am looking forward to working with them, to train hard and to play the games. I am trying to adapt as quickly as possible, to improve every day and in the end show the best version of myself.”
“Off the pitch, to be honest, I haven’t been in the city so many times yet. Most of the time I have been in the hotel. I am moving this week, actually. That’s also something I’m looking forward to.”
Gakpo then spoke about playing as a central striker for Liverpool:
“It is a little bit different to what I’m used to. Normally, I have played on the left for almost the past three years.”
“It’s something I can improve, playing in the striker role, and I want to show my quality there. It’s a great position and playing there makes me more complete as a technical player.”
The Dutchman spoke about the personal bonds he has struck up with some of his Liverpool teammates:
“It’s a really good group. Everybody has helped me a lot and tried to make me feel at home as much as possible. I hang around with Curtis [Jones] sometimes and with other players, like Ibou [Ibrahima Konate]. Everybody is nice and helping me, so that’s great.”
Gakpo will hope to make a major impact in tomorrow’s FA Cup fixture against Brighton, as Jurgen Klopp will be out for revenge after the Reds were beaten 3-0 in the Premier League at the Amex earlier this month.
Gakpo on tomorrow’s game:
“That is also important. Everybody knows what happened the last time [we played them]. We have to show that was an accident and go there for the win. That is what everyone wants to do.”
“They play good football but I think if we are good on the ball and play our football then we will be the better team.”