Michael Owen says he ‘feels sorry’ for Cody Gakpo after watching him since his transfer to Liverpool this month. The Dutchman is struggling to make an impact.
Cody Gakpo started for Liverpool against Chelsea on Saturday but failed to have too much of an impact. He lasted 82 minutes as a striker before Jurgen Klopp took him off – a spell in which he managed seven shots at goal.
However, only one of those hit the target. The rest found the stands or a Chelsea defender as little went right for Gakpo. He was unable to craft a single chance for teammates, too, and the Blues dispossessed him three times.
Michael Owen, doing punditry for Premier League Productions, says he ‘felt sorry’ while watching Gakpo. He’s in a difficult situation.
“I feel sorry for him actually because he’s coming into a team that are really inconsistent and drained of all the confidence that we’ve seen in the past,” said Owen. “He had a couple of half-chances and it’s clear he’s trying.
“I’m sure he’s going to be a good signing for the future, but at the moment, I would defy even Lionel Messi to come in and look good in this team because it’s really struggling.”
Cody Gakpo at Liverpool
It’s an incredibly difficult situation. Just look at how inconsistent Mohamed Salah looks and then imagine a 23-year-old needing to deliver at a brand new club when the Egyptian can’t.
There’s very little – next to no – creativity coming from midfield, while simply getting the ball to Gakpo in space is proving difficult.
And to top it all off, he’s playing as a centre-forward. This was always likely once Darwin Nunez picked up an injury but Gakpo isn’t a natural striker. It’s a position he’s not too fond of – let alone at a new club that’s struggling.
So the player deserves all the patience available. Gakpo is a very talented player and the club know that – it’s why he’s paid a reported £120k per week, say Caplogy.
But Liverpool aren’t able to let him show it. Once he’s back on the left with some regularity, we might get a better look at what he can do, though it might take a few new faces elsewhere before he truly shines.