Liverpool attacker Cody Gakpo has claimed he really appreciates Roberto Firmino helping him learn his new position in the team at Anfield.
Speaking in an interview with the Liverpool Echo, the Dutchman shared his appreciation for the 31-year-old, as he is taking time out to teach him about the false-nine role.
“I have played almost every game in that central position and for me it is just about getting used to that position. I don’t know the long-term plan, you will have to ask the manager,” said Gakpo.
“For sure [Firmino has helped], Bobby is an amazing player and person. He tries to help me where I can and I really appreciate that. I like to be here and having a good time. Obviously the results have not been that good.
“If you don’t look at the results, I feel good, the team is great and everybody helped in the beginning and I am looking forward to working hard with the team, improving and winning games.
“I think everyone knows this is a big club and you have to play for prizes. That is the mentality here. This season is not the best at this club, I think everyone can see that but it hasn’t changed, we just have to keep fighting and bring this season to a good end.”
Gakpo thanks Firmino for his guidance
Having spent the last eight years revolutionising the centre-forward/false-nine role at Liverpool, there is no better player for Gakpo to learn from than Firmino.
The Brazilian joined the Reds in 2015 in a deal worth £29m, and he has since gone on to become a legend at Anfield.
To date, the 31-year-old has amassed 358 appearances for the club. During this time, he has sensationally bagged 108 goals and 79 assists – cementing himself as one of the greatest players of the Jurgen Klopp era.
Therefore, it’s imperative Firmino continues to guide Gakpo, given he largely played as a left winger at PSV Eindhoven.
So far, he has been excellent – and he continues to improve each and every week.
With that in mind, it seems like Bobby’s training of Cody is going to plan!