Liverpool pulled off a ‘tremendous bit of business’ by bringing in Cody Gakpo during the January window, CBS reporter Ben Jacobs has told GiveMeSport.
The 23-year-old Holland international had been in outstanding form for PSV Eindhoven in the 18 months before his switch to Anfield, but he is yet to showcase his best version for the Merseyside club so far.
Why Cody Gakpo?
Reports from Sky Sports revealed that Liverpool had won the race for Gakpo’s signature and had paid PSV a fee ranging between £35M and £45M for his services.
The Netherlands international has penned a contract worth £120,000 per week until the summer of 2028 after previously being heavily linked with the Reds arch-rivals Manchester United.
The Holland forward was very influential while performing for his country in the Qatar World Cup 2022. Gakpo registered 21 goals and 15 assists in 47 appearances throughout 2021/22, claiming the Dutch Cup along the way.
Liverpool business this transfer window
Jacobs has told GMS that he still believes signing Gakpo was a significant coup for Liverpool.
‘one of the best players from the world cup’
“We mustn’t forget with Liverpool that they began the window with a £40M purchase of Cody Gakpo, which, for January, is a tremendous bit of business.”
“And when the window first opened, that fan base and football club was very excited because they felt that they’ve got a jump ahead of Manchester United, who never bid, and brought in one of the best players from the World Cup.”
The ex-PSV player has made five appearances to date in a struggling Liverpool side and has so far been unable to score a single goal or provide any assist for the Reds.
Although it’s too early to judge but the Holland international quickly needs to wear his PSV boots as Jurgen Klopp desperately needs someone to put that inspiration in the front line.