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Cody Gakpo - the striker/false No. 9

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[article]Cody Gakpo is keenly looking forward to playing at centre forward for the Netherlands in this week’s Nations League finals after being thrust into the position over the last months at Liverpool, and with Dutch first choice Memphis Depay ruled out.

Gakpo, 24, built his reputation as a left winger at PSV Eindhoven but was switched to striker after moving to Liverpool in January.

"Now that I'm playing at Liverpool I think it's a nice position," he told reporters on Sunday as the Netherlands prepared for the four-nation tournament. They face Croatia in Rotterdam on Wednesday in the first semi-final.

With Depay sidelined through injury, Gakpo is expected to lead the line for the hosts.

"I have become convinced that being a striker suits me," said Gakpo, adding that several coaches had previously tried to convince him to make the switch but he had resisted.

"Guus Hiddink was the first. He spent a while at PSV as a sounding board, saw me play and said: 'You have to become a striker or a false No. 9’. I didn't want to believe it then. And then when Roger Schmidt said the same thing later at PSV when he was coach, I was even more stubborn. It felt good on the left flank.

“But at the last World Cup I was already more central on the field and at Liverpool permanently in the past six months. It’s been good. I'm excited now to get better in the position in the near future, for the club as well as the national team.”

Jurgen Klopp’s decision to shift Gakpo was initially met with criticism from Dutch pundits, who felt the Liverpool manager would not be able to get the best out of him.

“We play with two wingers who stay high and a striker who can also lower himself to participate in midfield. Klopp saw me doing that, he said after my arrival in January. And now I do too,” Gakpo added. “With us you have Mo Salah on the right flank, he has shown it at the top level for many years. I would rather see him as the ‘leader’ in our attack. I don’t think status is that important anyway. I want to help the team I play in. And I now enjoy doing that from this position.”
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I’ve said it from the start. He’s got quality and pace and an eye for goal. He’s clever too. Total bargain
 
Probably my favourite current Liverpool player, alongside Trent. We often focus on problems as fans, but let’s appreciate the absolute top-notch quality we have in the spine of the team from Alisson to Virgil to Trent to Gakpo. Give those guys a platform and a quality supporting cast and they will win titles.
 
Probably one of the better players around at finding space and turning with the ball. Creative, pacey and quite a good scoring record.
Need to get even more clinical and involved though.
 
Don't forget the number of people on here who wrote him off after 2 or 3 matches :rolleyes:

It was about 7.

I'm not totally sold yet, either. He's better than he was. He needs to keep improving, though.
 
And TBF, it was when he was on the left he was mostly shite
 
And TBF, it was when he was on the left he was mostly shite
It was when he was dropped into a system he didn't know in a team decimated by injury and in terrible form when he was mostly shite. As some people pointed out at the time.
 
SCM posters slagging off a player left right and center whilst also not taking into account any mitigating circumstances shock.
 
It was when he was dropped into a system he didn't know in a team decimated by injury and in terrible form when he was mostly shite. As some people pointed out at the time.

Oh absolutely, the entire team was a travesty. I dont think it's unreasonable however to highlight if you think someone's not fitting, or dwelling on the ball too much.

I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone now who doesn't think he'll be great for us.
 
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