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