Liverpool legend Michel Owen used Messi’s reference to defend Cody Gakpo

Michel Owen on Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has expressed his feelings for the latest Red signing Cody Gakpo who has had a tough start to life on Merseyside.

Michel Owen came through the Reds academy and wore the iconic number 10 for LFC between 1996-2004, he knows exactly what it takes to succeed as a forward for the English giants.

Why LFC wanted Gakpo

The Holland international arrived at Anfield from his boyhood club of PSV Eindhoven earlier this month for the initial fee of £37M. This made him PSV’s most expensive sold player in their history.

 The 23-year-old played 14 matches in Eredivise league where he scored 9 goals and gave 12 assists. His exceptional performance in the Qatar World Cup enhanced his reputation as one of the best young forward in recent times.

Gakpo’s struggle

Since making his debut for the English giants the Netherlander international is struggling with his performance at Anfield. This is also due to LFC’s recent injury problem that has forced the German genius to use the 23-year-old as a central forward.

Gakpo’s usual position is on the left wing. He drives the ball from the left towards the 18-yard box, but the injury of Darwin Nunez forced Klopp to use him as the number 9. 

Owen on the New Liverpool signing

After Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea, the Reds legend Michael Owen said in the Premier League Productions

“I feel sorry for him actually because he’s coming into a team that are really inconsistent and drained of all the confidence that we’ve seen in the past”

“He had a couple of half-chances [against Chelsea] and it’s clear he is trying.”

 Owen also said

“I’m sure he’s going to be a good signing for the future, but at the moment, I would defy even Lionel Messi to come in and look good in this team because it’s really struggling.”

Will Gakpo be able to show his true potential in the PL?

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