Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, had a relatively quiet transfer window compared to other of their Premier League competitors because he plans to restructure his team in the summer
It’s fair to assume that Liverpool’s current campaign isn’t their best under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds are in severe danger of missing out on Champions League football next season as they now sit ninth in the Premier League, 10 points behind Manchester United in fourth with a game remaining. Additionally, they were eliminated from the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Therefore, Klopp should have updated his team in January, but Liverpool had a rather quiet month. Cody Gakpo, who left PSV Eindhoven for £45 million just before the transfer window opened, was their lone acquisition.
Gakpo, 23, was regarded by Liverpool as a victory. The international from the Netherlands had an outstanding start to the season with PSV, recording nine goals and 12 assists in 14 Eredivisie contests. At the most recent World Cup in Qatar, he also scored three goals.
Gakpo, though, has so far been unable to duplicate that form in England. In his first five games for Liverpool under Klopp, he failed to score or record an assist, leaving some supporters to question whether he is the genuine deal. Gakpo needs to disprove his detractors.
In terms of departures, only Jake Cain permanently left Anfield in January. The 21-year-old midfielder signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Swindon after playing just one professional game for Liverpool three years ago and spending last season on loan at Newport.
The Reds lost young players Luke Chambers and Jarrell Quansah on loan deals to Bristol Rovers and Kilmarnock, respectively, but it was always believed that they would hold out until the summer.
Cody Gakpo has joined PSV Eindhoven.
Jake Cain from Swindon Town is leaving.
Jarrell Quansah, Bristol Rovers (on loan)
Kilmarnock Luke Chambers on loan
Liverpool’s struggling engine room will likely need to be rebuilt after this season’s midfield woes. Jude Bellingham, Moises Caicedo, and Matheus Nunes, for example, have already been mentioned in connection with high-paying transfers to Anfield.
Gakpo will accept any new members via the door. And even though he hasn’t had much of an impact on the field thus far, he at least bowled his new employer over.
Earlier this month, Klopp said the following: “To be honest, Cody has been in for two complete training days and is a delight to watch. In our circumstances, having a player who is fairly natural at many things and knows where the goal is, is incredibly nice. He is definitely ecstatic and loving every moment right now.
“He plays good football, excels in cramped areas, enjoys long shots, and is a good finisher and dribbler. There are numerous videos online about him, so anyone who is interested in learning more can. It’s pleasant to observe anything in person.