Liverpool have secured the services of Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven last week. The 23-year-old attacker has become the Reds’ first signing of the winter transfer window.
The Dutchman has impressed with his performances at the FIFA World Cup 2022. He has scored three goals in five appearances in Qatar. The Eindhoven-born attacker also won the Dutch Footballer of the Year accolade last term after registering 12 goals and 13 assists in 27 Eredivisie appearances. He started the current season brilliantly as well and registered nine goals and 12 assists prior to his move to Anfield.
Gakpo is seen as a short-term replacement for Luis Diaz, who is expected to miss the next three months of action with a knee injury. Manchester United have also shown heavy interest in signing him in the weeks ahead, but Liverpool acted faster to bring him to Anfield. The 23-year-old attacker will cost the Reds around £40 million.
Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s transfer plans
While speaking to the media recently, Jurgen Klopp lifted the lid on Liverpool’s transfer plans.
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He said: “I am here for seven years and every window is pretty much the same. We talk about these things as though the money wouldn’t play a role. “
“I don’t want to disappoint anybody and their dreams, but we sign an outstanding player like Cody Gakpo and the next thing you read is: ‘Who’s next?’. It’s like we don’t have a team.”
Jurgen Klopp is also looking to add a new midfielder to his squad. Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham is reportedly the Reds’ top target in that regard. However, the German club are likely to sell him at the end of the season as opposed to this month.
Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez, Brighton and Hove Albion’s Moises Caicedo and Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat are the other midfielders who have been linked with a move to the Reds in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, several players have also been linked with an exit from the Merseyside outfit. Naby Keita, Nat Phillips and Roberto Firmino could depart Anfield this month.
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Liverpool have registered two back-to-back wins in the Premier League following a mid-season break. They will look to continue their fine form when they lock horns against Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium on Monday. Cody Gakpo could make his debut during the game.