Jurgen Klopp hails ‘special’ Liverpool player following Leicester City thrashing

The Reds boss was quick to praise his latest star

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he has been left incredibly impressed by January addition Cody Gakpo after yet another strong performance for the Reds against Leicester City on Monday night.

The Dutchman opted for a switch to Merseyside after Manchester United pulled out of the race for his signature, and after a tough start is finally beginning to show signs of the talent that made him such a star in the Eredivisie and for the Netherlands at World Cup 2022, where he scored in all three group games.

Though not directly in any of the goals against Leicester, his movement in central areas confused the Foxes, and it was his turn and pass that set Liverpool away for their second goal on the night.

After the game, Klopp was full of praise for the attacker, claiming that he felt his footballing brain was far older than the player himself.

“We signed a super, football-smart person. Not for one second I feel that he’s 24!”, he told the media.

“He was captain at his previous club, which is special. Then you meet the boy and you think: ah ok, now I understand it. He eats football!”.

Likely Liverpool’s long term replacement for Roberto Firmino, who is leaving at the end of this season, Gakpo is beginning to show signs of adapting to his new role at Anfield.

Along with Darwin Nunez, the Dutchman is expected to be the next cab off the rank of Liverpool’s attack, following the success of Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and the timeless Mo Salah.

The result leaves Liverpool a point behind Newcastle United and Manchester United in the race for a top four spot, though they have played a game more than both sides above them and will need either side to drop points in their final three games to have any chance of catching them.

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Ben Browning

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