‘He has great potential’ – Former Ajax and Barcelona star Ronald de Boer lauds Cody Gakpo ahead of his proposed move to Liverpool from PSV as he states he is more suited to Reds than Manchester United

    Liverpool have been told by Ronald de Boer that Cody Gakpo will continue to get better and is a perfect fit for the club ahead of his proposed January switch.

    The Reds have agreed a deal rising to £50million with PSV for the 23-year-old after hijacking Manchester United’s move for the forward.

    Gakpo is on his way to Liverpool in a deal rising to £50million from PSV

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    Gakpo is on his way to Liverpool in a deal rising to £50million from PSV

    De Boer believes Gakpo has made the right choice in joining Jurgen Klopp’s side

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    De Boer believes Gakpo has made the right choice in joining Jurgen Klopp’s side

    Gakpo could make his Liverpool debut as early as next Monday [January 2] when the Merseyside outfit take on Brentford.

    talkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino has hailed Liverpool’s transfer for Gakpo, with his versatility making him a great addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

    And ex-Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers midfielder De Boer has also waxed lyrical over the forward, who scored three goals for Netherlands at the World Cup.

    Speaking to talkSPORT about his Dutch compatriot, De Boer said: “I’ve seen him now for a couple of years already, he has great potential.

    “He has the ability to score easily with his right foot coming in from the left to the right, he has the speed, the dribbling and I think his mind is also very good.

    “When I see him and when he talks on television, he looks to be a very clever boy, he knows what he wants, he still has a lot of potential to grow to be an even better player.

    Gakpo scored three goals for Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar

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    Gakpo scored three goals for Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar

    “His potential for me, he’s one of the biggest talents in Holland.”

    And De Boer believes that he will shine more at Liverpool than United, where he could feature on the left wing as opposed to leading the line where the Red Devils wanted him to play.

    He added: “I think it’s important for him, he’s better when he starts on the left and comes inside.

    “I think Liverpool plays a little bit like that, I remember [Luis] Diaz playing there, who is also by the way an exceptional talent.

    Gakpo was heavily linked with a switch to United before Liverpool hijacked the transfer

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    Gakpo was heavily linked with a switch to United before Liverpool hijacked the transfer

    “So when he is fit he will have to fight for that spot. In the meanwhile, he [Gakpo] can grow in that role, I think Liverpool needs a player like that on that side at the moment.

    “I think for me, this is the best choice he could have made at this moment.”

    Commenting on whether Gakpo has the capability to start up top, De Boer remarked: “I think he can play as a No9, but with two strikers.

    “Not a typical No9 like [Robert] Lewandowski, I don’t think he’s that kind of type.

    “But if you play with two up top, then he can play as an attacking No10, he can play that role really well, he did it of course at the World Cup where he showed his class.

    “With two strikers he can be very efficient, he knows where to run, he knows to go behind the defenders and he has the speed.

    “He will also get a little bit quicker and more physical, that will come in the years of playing in the Premier League, he will adapt quickly.

    “I think he will only get better, and from my point of view, he made the right choice.”

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