Gakpo and the ‘Déjà vu’ of Qatar before the new era at Anfield

With the selection you grow. It could be a phrase adaptable to many players on the international scene, but if one points to this Euro Nations Cup 2024one of the names that comes to mind is that of Cody Steel, from the Netherlands.

And the Dutch striker likes the big national team tournaments. His great performance at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where he scored three goals and was key to his country reaching the quarterfinals, where they fell Argentinahelped him take a spectacular leap in his career towards Anfield. He Liverpool paid almost 40 million plus another ten in variables for the former PSV striker in January 2023. Since then he has scored 23 goals in 79 gamesalthough he has not managed to establish himself as a key player in the ‘red’ team.

Gakpo’s goal (1-1) in the Netherlands 2-3 Austria

From the Koeman’s new era, which began on March 24, 2023 with a resounding thrashing in Paris against France (4-0), Gakpo is the second best scorer, only surpassed by Weghorst, with six of his successes compared to seven in four more matches for the very tall Hoffenheim striker. He is also the third best assist maker, surpassed only by Dumfries, with six assists, and Joey Veerman, with four.

There are times of everything, but my club always supports me

Ups and downs from Qatar

Until we got here, Gakpo has gone through some ups and downs Since landing in the Premier League with only 23 yearsalternating between being a substitute and a starter throughout the season at Liverpool. Klopp used him a lot, but without making him a key figure in his schemes. Now, with the arrival of Arne Slot to the Anfield Road bench, a new scenario opens up for him, and without a doubt, shining in the big tournament of the summer under Koeman can give him a strong start to the 2024-25 season.

“These are normal moments for a player, there are times when things don’t go the way you want. But I have a great team at Liverpool, with great people who are always there to help me when those moments happen. “They continued to believe in me. And the team played very well in the last few games. I continued to work very hard and I am very happy to be able to be valuable to the team,” said the former PSV striker.

Gakpo’s goal (1-1) in Poland 1-2 Netherlands

“I always try to stay focused on giving my best for my country. I’m glad I can be of value to my team”said Gakpo after shining against Romania, where he was chosen as the MVP of the match. His next big goal: Turkey and a place in the semi-finals.

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