Report: Where Jurgen Klopp now sees new signing Cody Gakpo playing in his Liverpool team
The January transfer window may not open for a few more days, but Liverpool have already made their first move.
Gakpo has been the subject of intense speculation since the summer transfer window.
Leeds United and Southampton both made bids to sign the 23-year-old, but couldn’t get a deal over the line.
The Dutchman quickly showed them what they were missing, posting some incredible statistics in the Eredivisie.
His nine goals and 12 assists in just 14 league games drew attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Manchester United were credited with plenty of interest, and looked like the front-runners.
But Liverpool swooped in at the last minute and quickly got the deal to sign the forward over the line.
The Reds have been struggling with a small injury crisis, with Gakpo brought in by Liverpool with the ability to play in a number of positions.
Gakpo’s most likely position at Liverpool
The Telegraph’s report suggests that, ‘Gakpo has been earmarked to play on the left of Klopp’s three-man attack’.
It’s no surprise that this is the case, with both Jota and Diaz favouring playing ahead of Andy Robertson on that wing.
It’s Gakpo’s most natural position too, and the Dutchman is a big fan of cutting inside, giving Robertson plenty of space to overlap on the outside as he so often does for Liverpool.
Darwin Nunez’s positioning may need a slight tweak, given he too favours playing on the left-hand side even when deployed as a centre-forward.
The 23-year-old can play through the middle as he did during the World Cup, or even on the right if necessary.
Gakpo has every chance to succeed at Liverpool, although he may not be in action for a couple more weeks.
The £37m signing has barely trained since the World Cup, and will need to get up to speed quickly.
He could make his debut away to Brentford next week, however, Klopp won’t want to rush him into action, risking another attacking injury.
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