Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool’s £44m star signing Cody Gakpo will DEFINITELY be involved against Wolves in the FA Cup after admitting his first impressions of him are ‘brilliant’
- Cody Gakpo, 23, signed for Liverpool from PSV on January 28 for £44million
- The Dutch forward has trained twice with the Liverpool squad since joining
- Klopp confirmed Gakpo will be involved in the Liverpool squad against Wolves
- The Liverpool boss has been very impressed with the quality he’s shown so far
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that £44m star signing Cody Gakpo is in contention to make his debut against Wolves in the FA Cup 3rd Round after impressing in his first two training sessions.
Gakpo signed for Liverpool just after Christmas from PSV on a five-and-half year deal after the Reds hijacked Man United’s attempts to bring him to Old Trafford.
‘Yes, he is in contention,’ Klopp told the club website ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Wolves. ‘He will be involved in the squad, of course. How exactly we will have to decide in the next few hours, but that’s fine.’
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that star signing Cody Gakpo will be involved against Wolves
The Liverpool boss has been impressed with the Dutchman in training since his arrival from PSV
‘First impressions of him are brilliant. With all these things, injured strikers and stuff like this, then you see a guy who is obviously a natural footballer on the pitch and knows where the goal is, it is a lift for everybody.
‘So, that’s cool and somehow he will be involved, definitely.’
But in a bitter blow at the other end of the pitch, Klopp also confirmed that Virgil van Dijk has been ruled out for more than a month with a hamstring injury.
He said: ‘Virg is a big blow for us. I took him off actually – in the end the diagnosis was pretty harsh. Weeks – more than a month – hopefully it goes quick.
The Liverpool boss has been blessed with the return of Jordan Henderson to the Reds midfield though, who is fit to face Wolves after recovering from concussion.
But Klopp faces a blow at the other end of the pitch with Virgil van Dijk facing more than a month out after picking up a hamstring injury against Brentford
Klopp revealed that he will field a strong XI and can afford to because of the length of time his side have had to recover, having played last Monday.
‘If you play Wednesday, Sunday, Tuesday you have to think about it [rotation] but we played Monday so it is clear that we will line up as good, as strong and as experienced as we can. There will not be a rotation because of the competition,’ he added.
Liverpool will be hoping to bounce back from their dismal performance against Brentford with a win in the cup before they travel to Brighton in the Premier League next weekend.