According to The Athletic, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was continuously shouting at new signing Cody Gakpo from the touchline during the FA Cup loss to Brighton yesterday
The Dutchman had his best performance in a Liverpool shirt since joining the club earlier this month in a £37 million transfer.
The 23-year-old is still adjusting to the Merseyside manager’s preferred style of play, playing down the middle instead of his normal place on the left wing.
Klopp likes how Gakpo drops into the half-space, similar to how Roberto Firmino does, and interrupts the opposition’s build-up play.
This worked effectively against the Seagulls, but his deep runs meant Liverpool didn’t pose much of a threat to the Brighton goal.
Klopp was spotted barking directions at the Netherlands international from his coaching area while playing under a new system. The manager is still attempting to instill in the player what he expects from a center forward.
Klopp was seen yelling at Gakpo.
While Klopp’s efforts to assist Gakpo with his positional play are admirable, it begs the issue of why he isn’t utilising the Dutchman in his natural role.
The 23-year-old has spent the majority of his career at PSV Eindhoven playing on the left side.
Although he can play everywhere on the front line, including as a number 10 in midfield, he shines on the left side.
Instead of throwing Gakpo into the deep end by starting him out of position every week, Liverpool should employ him in his best-suited role.
Yesterday, the Netherlands international looked lot more confident against Brighton, taking up the ball and charging at the defense.
He appears to be adjusting to what Klopp expects of him, but Darwin Nunez should start centrally, with Gakpo out wide. What was the point of signing him if not for that?