Jurgen Klopp shares his opinion of Cody Gakpo in Liverpool 1-0 Wolves
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Jurgen Klopp shares his opinion of Cody Gakpo in Liverpool 1-0 Wolves

Jurgen Klopp shared his opinion of Cody Gakpo and how he stopped Ruben Neves for Liverpool last night. The Reds beat Wolves 1-0.

Cody Gakpo started for Liverpool on Tuesday evening but it was once again as a striker. It’s not Gakpo’s natural position and one he struggled in against Brighton.

But Jurgen Klopp trusted him once again at Molineux. Gakpo had Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho flanking him – two untraditional wingers in a move that arguably made his job more difficult.

Still, Liverpool came away with the win and are into the FA Cup 4th Round.

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So what did Klopp think of the Dutchman? He gave his thoughts after the game in a post-match press conference and was nothing but positive.

“Cody closed the centre for us when it was around [Ruben] Neves and kept the ball for us in possession,” said Klopp. “Very important, [and] was really important for us in the link-up play.”

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It’s interesting that Klopp mentions the need to stop Ruben Neves, given the recent links to Liverpool. The Mirror claimed at the weekend that the Reds are after the midfielder.

That’s a transfer we’d like to see, too, given the partnerships Neves could have within the squad.

Thus it’s nice to see that Klopp does see Neves as a player worth stopping. There’s some respect there that just may turn into transfer interest – if it hasn’t already.

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As for Gakpo, he delivered key parts of what Klopp wanted. He essentially did the dirty work in that False 9 role, though he struggled to influence the game going forward.

It wasn’t terrible for a brand-new player on his third start in an unnatural role. Gakpo may have a future there, even if we imagine he’ll revert to the wing as soon as Darwin Nunez returns.

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