Liverpool staff have been so impressed with the way Cody Gakpo has handled himself since arriving at the club.
Gakpo had a tricky start to life at Anfield after his move from PSV Eindhoven in January. His form has improved immeasurably over the last month or so, but he struggled to get going as Liverpool hit the buffers.
It must have been a difficult period for Gakpo. Adjusting to a new team, country and league is hard enough when things are going well. At Liverpool at the time, things were going far from well.
But according to The Athletic, staff at Liverpool’s Kirkby training ground have been full of ‘admiration’ for the way the 23-year-old dealt with the transition.
With his early performances under such heavy scrutiny, those at the AXA Training Centre are reportedly really pleased at how Gakpo has handled it all.
Gakpo rides the early storm
Having come into such a dysfunction team, you couldn’t blame Gakpo for wondering what he’d got himself in to.
Those early games were some of the toughest Liverpool have experienced in years. After a relatively okay debut in the FA Cup draw with Wolves, Gakpo started the 3-0 defeats away at Molineux and against Brighton.
Without a regular midfield behind him and shorn of his mate Virgil van Dijk in defence, Cody must have been a bit bemused by what he was seeing.
But credit to him, he really stuck with it. Game by game the Netherlands international improved. As his performances got better, so too did Liverpool’s as a team.
That came to a crescendo with last weekend’s battering of Manchester United. Both player and team now looking like being what each expected from the other.
Of course, form is a fragile thing, though. By the sounds of things Gakpo won’t get carried away by his own good patch recently and Liverpool certainly won’t overall. But having ridden the early storm, the hope is that the Reds new No.18 can begin to show his true self. It’s unlikely to ever be as bad for Gakpo at Liverpool as it was in those early weeks of 2023. He made it through that, so he can probably make it through just about anything.
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