Liverpool want to sign PSV Eindhoven player Cody Gakpo, according to reports. But who is the 22-year-old and what would he bring to the Reds?
Voetbal International claims Liverpool are in talks for Cody Gakpo. Things are still at a very early stage but a potential summer move is on the cards.
But who is Gakpo, exactly?
Who is Cody Gakpo?
Gakpo is a 22-year-old winger who has consistently played well for PSV in the Eredivisie over the last few years. Primarily a left-winger, he’s capable of shifting across the forward line.
Per Whoscored, Gakpo has started one game on the right, four centrally and 13 from the left. While he’s clearly suited to one flank, in particular, there’s real versatility there.
Gakpo is thriving this season, too. He’s got 10 assists in the Eredivisie already – only Dusan Tadic has more (14) – and he’s added another six goals to that tally. Things look even more impressive when you got a little deeper, though.
No player in the Eredivisie averages more combined goals and assists per 90 minutes (of those with over 700 minutes). Gakpo is a huge reason for PSV managing to keep up with a rampant Ajax side this season – they sit just two points back.
What’s extra encouraging, too, is that this season is a natural progression for Gakpo. He’s scored seven goal in each of his last two league seasons, with nine assists split across them. It appears he’s hit another level at 22 – and that’s going to entice clubs.
Should the Reds sign him?
It’s a signing that makes sense. Gakpo is still very young but has enough proven experience to make the jump to a ‘bigger’ league. At the same time, he’s not a star name that would command a starting role.
That fits well with Liverpool’s current setup, then. Gakpo could come in as a squad player to begin with before slowly taking over from Sadio Mane on that left flank. His versatility mean Liverpool could easily find games for him in the meantime, too.
The only real hangup here is the price. The VI article claims PSV may want a club-record fee here – currently £33m for Hirving Lozano from Napoli.
Would Liverpool pay that for a player from the Eredivisie? We’re not entirely sure they would. Many players have come from that league and not lived up to expectations, though there have been success stories. Luis Suarez is one for Liverpool, of course – but he does feel like an exception.
There are ways this one makes a lot of sense, then. At the same time, we’re likely talking about a big fee for a player who still has plenty to prove. One to watch, certainly.