New Liverpool signing Cody Gakpo has revealed that he came close to joining two Premier League clubs before eventually making a move to Merseyside.
Gakpo joined Liverpool in a move that could reportedly reach a €55M.
He is available for selection for tomorrow evening’s game with Brentford. He is more likely to make his Liverpool debut against Wolves in the FA Cup on January 7th.
In an interview with The Mirror Gakpo revealed he nearly joined Manchester United and that he had interest from Leeds United.
“It was difficult this summer. It was a very intense period.
“I tried to find my peace, but it was difficult. I thought I was going to Manchester United, but in the end it didn’t work out.
“Leeds United came in. They are a good club, but I asked myself if I should really go there and when you have a lot of doubts, it is not good.”
The Dutch international also declared that he can become a better player. Something that is likely to excite Liverpool fans.
“I think I can still make many steps, can do better, and can improve as a player.
“Even in Qatar, I became a better footballer in record time because I played with the best players in the Netherlands and came up against the greatest footballers from other countries.”
“It was hard to define exactly how I was improving while I was out there. But once the World Cup was over, I had time to analyse things.
“I used to play on a more individual level and rely on my instincts. I would take lots of players on and try to do something special every time I got the ball.
“Now I realise I have to think more about the team. I have to choose the right moment to dribble and make actions. I have taken steps to recognise that.”