Former Actual Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has slammed Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp for utilizing Cody Gakpo as a striker.
The Dutch ahead joined the Reds from PSV Eindhoven for €50 million, together with add-ons in January this yr. He struggled to impress in his first few video games however lately scored his first aim for the membership. Gakpo netted their second aim in a 2-0 win over Everton within the Premier League on February 13.
Supervisor Klopp has typically used the Dutchman as a striker with Darwin Nunez on the left and Mohamed Salah on the appropriate. Nevertheless, Gakpo’s compatriot Van der Vaart believes that it is not the appropriate place for the ahead.
Talking on Ladbrokes, he mentioned:
“The most important shock for me wasn’t that Liverpool purchased Cody Gakpo final month – look, in case you have the kind of event he did in Qatar, you are going to entice curiosity from lots of high golf equipment.
“However, for me, they’ve signed a participant who has performed his complete profession as a left-winger, and within the nationwide crew he is performed as a quantity 10, a second striker… and now he is enjoying as a striker? He is not a striker!”
Van der Vaart identified Gakpo’s strengths and claimed that he’s higher suited to play on the left wing. He mentioned:
“Cody wants house to play in, he must run with the ball, that is the place he is most harmful. That is the most important situation he has at Liverpool, why are they enjoying him as a quantity 9? He is a left-winger who can reduce inside and trigger hazard there.”
Gakpo has scored one aim in seven appearances for Liverpool. Previous to his transfer final month, he had registered 13 targets and 17 assists in 24 video games for PSV Eindhoven within the first half of the 2022-23 season.
Liverpool ahead Cody Gakpo on his most popular place
Cody Gakpo was lately requested by Sky Sports activities about his most popular enjoying place as effectively. The Netherlands worldwide replied:
“Clearly I performed a couple of video games within the centre and extra like a false 9 to be concerned within the build-up, attempt to be concerned within the build-up, and from there go ahead. It is one other function than I’m used to, but it surely’s good for me to enhance the place and maintain working.”
Gakpo will probably have extra competitors for his place now with Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota again in motion for Liverpool. Luis Diaz is ready to return quickly as effectively.
The Reds are ninth within the Premier League desk and can subsequent face Newcastle United away on Saturday, February 18.