Jurgen Klopp was asked about what conversations he had with Cody Gakpo prior to his arrival to Liverpool.
The Liverpool coach was asked if he met Cody Gakpo face-to-face as he did with Gini Wijnaldum before he signed.
On being asked if a player’s personality is important to him, “It is very important to me, absolutely”, Klopp added
Klopp recalled having a meeting with Gini Wijnaldum at his house prior to his arrival at Anfield.
“Gini was in my house, it was not possible with Cody. We had a phone call, a long conversation when we were allowed to do that. That’s obviously slightly different (than face-to-face). When you sit together in a room, alone, the conversation is different. It was not possible in this case. All the things you can know about Cody is you describe him as a very very good person. Born and bred Eindhoven, years and years, going through all the ranks. Becoming captain at 22-23. He has perfect English, it makes the conversation easier. You can see the warmth in his smile.”
“We had information from Virgil too, as a person. There were no doubts at all. Very happy with the signing, very, very.”
“Cody never asked (about Champions League qualification). It happens with players from time-to-time (players asking if we will qualify for the Champions League). There were easier moments to join Liverpool. Cody doesn’t want to jump on a running train he wants to push the train.”