Klopp: “Liverpool had no doubt about signing Cody Gakpo”
Joining Liverpool a while ago in a deal worth around £37 million from PSV Eindhoven, despite being heavily-linked with Manchester United, Cody Gakpo has been Klopp's favorite since the beginning.
Liverpool signedCody Gakpo
from PSV Eindhoven in a deal worth around £37 million with
flattered he decided to join the Reds in their tough time. Although the Dutchman couldn’t accompany the Reds in their 3-1 defeat last week, he’ll be ready to make hisLiverpool
debut against Wolves in FA Cup.
We had information about him as a person from Virgil [van Dijk] so not only were there few doubts, there were no doubts at all,"
"We're very happy with the signing.
"There were easier moments to join Liverpool. Last year, we were not qualified already for the Champions League, but it looked likely. This year we can't guarantee that, but Cody never asked.
"What I like about this is he's not a guy that wants to jump on a moving train, he's a guy that wants to push the train. So good for him, as well. It always helps in life if you are like that."
Despite being excited to see the 23-year-old in action, Jurgen Klopp refused to compare him to
, who had a terrific impact on Liverpool since arriving the previous January.
With our situation, with injuries to the strikers, it's nice to have a player who is natural in lots of things and knows where the goal is,"
Klopp said of Gakpo.
"He looks really good, he looks really promising. He looks fit. Is he 100 per cent fit? I don't know, he had a few times with us where he couldn't train with the team. Now he's with the team. The sessions have been intense for him because it's different.
"I'm very positive about him. I don't know if it's helpful to compare him with Lucho's impact – it was pretty special. We had injuries [last season] and it was extremely helpful.
"Cody gets the same amount of time as any other player. He has to settle in offensively, he comes from a different league. I don't have to compare him to Lucho, but we expect a positive impact, definitely."
"If our Premier League game [at Brentford] had been last night, maybe he could have played, but for us in this moment, it's absolutely perfect.
"Normally in January business happens later, but in this case we were pretty early, so I'm completely fine with the situation."
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