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Jurgen Klopp Admits Misstep in Cody Gakpo’s Positioning at Liverpool

Liverpool’s Cody Gakpo has found himself in a positional conundrum this season. Manager Jurgen Klopp suggests that his struggles may be partly due to playing him out of position. Cody Gakpo arrived at Anfield from PSV Eindhoven in January last year for a fee of around £35 million. Initially, he impressed with his performances, but has since found it difficult to secure a regular spot in starting lineup.

Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League game against Luton Town. He admitted that he may have made a mistake by deploying Cody Gakpo in midfield on several occasions this season. He acknowledged Gakpo’s versatility and ability to play in different positions. Also, Klopp hinted that the player’s strengths lie more in the attacking third.

The manager highlighted the defensive responsibilities in midfield as a challenge for Cody Gakpo. He was accustomed to a more offensive role at PSV. Klopp’s comments suggest that he may be considering a more offensive role for Gakpo in the future. This can potentially lead to an increase in his playing time and contributions to the team.

Cody Gakpo impresses against Brentford

Despite the difficulties, Gakpo’s recent performance against Brentford showcased his potential impact in the final third. He came on as a substitute for the injured Darwin Nunez and made an immediate impact by scoring a goal and providing an assist. This performance could be a sign of things to come for Cody Gakpo, who may get more opportunities to prove himself in Liverpool’s forward line due to recent injuries to key attackers like Nunez and Diogo Jota.

Cody Gakpo’s season has been challenging so far. Klopp’s acknowledgment of a potential misstep in his positioning suggests that adjustments may be made to maximize the player’s impact. As Liverpool navigates through a competitive season, Gakpo’s versatility and contributions could be crucial in their pursuit of success.

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