Ronald Koeman on the reasons why Cody Gakpo is not playing well
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Cody Gakpo is a frequent target of criticism, given his poor performances in Liverpool. Many expected a lot more from this young Dutchman, but for now, things are not going very well. The legend of Dutch football, Ronald Koeman, in an interview for the Andy van der Meijde YouTube channel, spoke about Gakpo and the reasons why things are not going so well; “The level in England is higher than in the Netherlands, but they are also young boys, aren't they? Like (Ryan) Gravenberch going to Bayern (Munich) and not playing.
Then that is difficult. You can see that, that he [Gakpo] has ended up in a team that is not doing well. Then it becomes more difficult for him, as a new signing. You are tested right away. And if you don't score or you're not important and you don't win any matches, it's very difficult, especially for a young player.
If that was someone aged 28 with experience, it would be different."- he said.
Cody Gakpo on his performances
In an interview for WALK ON, Gakpo also talked about the reasons for his somewhat poor performances; "It's always different when you come into a team that was maybe first and winning every game, but it's now in a little bit of a difficult situation.
So for me it is to come in and show what I can. If we were in first I have to do that and now we are in another place I have to do that also. I just try to show my best side. The coach [Jurgen Klopp] gave me a really warm welcome and I really appreciated it.
We had a good conversation and now he is helping me to adapt as fast as possible in the team and to his style of playing. To do that I need to keep working hard and improving."