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Cody Gakpo of Netherlands poses for a portrait ( Image: UEFA via Getty Images)

by Tunae

Gakpo was used in a variety of positions by Jurgen Klopp when the Reds’ squad was decimated by the loss of several top performers. Recruited as a striker in a £40million deal from PSV Eindhoven in January 2023, the Dutchman’s versatility enabled Klopp to still guide Liverpool to the Carabao Cup and a third-place finish in his final season at Anfield.

Now Gakpo goes into the Euros aiming to improve on an impressive World Cup two years ago that saw him score three goals before Holland crashed out against eventual champions Argentina in a semi-final shoot-out.

Gakpo said: “We had an injury crisis at Liverpool that had to be solved in a certain way. You have to just deal with it. Sometimes that went very well and sometimes not so well because of the constant switching.

“But it has been a process from which I eventually gained a lot for myself. In the end, I am grateful that it turned out to be a very instructive season.

“What my role will be (in Germany)? I haven’t thought about that myself yet. I have felt my role changing – and maybe others now look at me differently.

“As you get older yourself and some younger guys come in, then the dynamic changes automatically. But I have always had a great sense of responsibility to do my best for the team. That’s just how I am.”

Cody Gakpo of Liverpool

Cody Gakpo is looking forward to Euro 2024 (


Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Holland coach Ronaldo Koeman reckons he will be able to employ Gakpo in as many as five different roles during the tournament. And the 25-year-old reckons Koeman will also be able to call on a player who has also improved physically during his time in the Premier League.

Gakpo said: “My condition has improved in terms of the pace I can handle and also the intensity. I’m not one for data, but if I compare my stats at Liverpool to my stats at PSV, you can see that the high intensity distance per match is now much higher.

“It depends on the coach where I will be used as well as the system, of course.”

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