Cody Gakpo desires a Liverpool ‘accident’ and addresses a position shift in play following his transfer.
New signee Cody Gakpo has also revealed which two Liverpool players he has formed a bond with already in the squad.
Cody Gakpo believes Liverpool must demonstrate that their bruise in Brighton was “an accident” as they prepare for a quick trip to the south coast.
The Reds play the Seagulls in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, just a fortnight after suffering their heaviest-ever loss to the opposition in a 3-0 Premier League defeat.
Gakpo made his Premier League debut that afternoon after joining Liverpool from PSV Eindhoven in a deal for up to £44 million.
And the 23-year-old is confident that Jurgen Klopp’s team will soon resume showcasing their undeniable quality.
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“Everyone remembers what occurred the last time (in Brighton),” the Netherlands international remarked. “We have to show that was an accident and go there for the win. They (Brighton) play terrific football, but I believe we will be the superior team if we are good on the ball and play our game.
“In my opinion, everyone on the team is really talented. It’s also an aspect of football that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to. We simply need to keep improving and working hard, and the quality will emerge. Then you’ll get to see the true Liverpool.”
Gakpo played alongside Mohamed Salah in the center of the attack against Brighton, and with Darwin Nunez out with an injury, he has since appeared twice more in the number nine role, commanding the forward line.
With Nunez back in the lineup, Gakpo could be moved to his more natural left-wing position on Sunday. “It’s a little different than what I’m used to,” he remarked of being employed down the middle.
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“Normally, I’ve played on the left side for almost three years. Playing in the striker role is something I can improve on, and I want to demonstrate my abilities there. It’s a fantastic position, and playing there completes me as a technical player.
“From the standpoint of football, it’s a new situation on the field, with new players and a new club. I can tell it’s a fantastic bunch. Everyone has been extremely helpful and has made every effort to make me feel at ease. I occasionally hang out with Curtis (Jones) and other players, such as Ibou (Ibrahima Konate).”
Gakpo told liverpoolfc.com: “I think everything is just new. Little things that people do differently in the Netherlands. Also, while PSV is a large club, Liverpool is a gigantic club. Everything is larger than I am used to, so that is another significant shift.
“I’m trying to adapt as rapidly as possible, to develop every day, and to present the greatest version of myself at the end.”