In an exclusive interview with Liverpoolfc.com, the winter signing explained that while adapting to a new team and new country takes time, he “feels that’s coming.”
Recognizing the speed of the Premier League is much faster than the Eredivisie, Gakpo mentions the togetherness of the squad and the support he has been receiving from teammates Van Dijk and Curtis Jones has helped him acclimate, “everybody is really nice, Virgil, I’ve known him a bit longer, from the national team. He is helping me a lot, and Curtis also.”
While remaining the top scorer for the Eredivisie this season, the Dutchman is yet to register a goal for Liverpool. This could be due to the change in the speed of the build-up play, “normally, at PSV, we would have the build-up and it takes a long time before we get to the goal. Here [at Liverpool], we try to go for goal as fast as possible.”
While having a stop-start affair to the beginning of his Liverpool career, Gakpo believes the hard fought victory against Wolves in the FA Cup replay will give his team the much needed motivation to kick start this season. Gakpo states, “When you win a game at Wolves, then that is good for everybody, for the mood, and that’s something we can build on. We gained confidence. We have to keep working hard, improving every day and the wins will come.”
Liverpool fans will hope Gakpo can start firing on all cylinders and give Liverpool an edge in today’s League match against Chelsea, and for the rest of the season ahead.