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Cody Gakpo was signed by Liverpool, according to Jurgen Klopp, who also claims that the Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk played a part in the deal.
The Dutch forward will join the Reds from PSV Eindhoven in a deal worth 40–50 million euros (£35–£44).
The 23-year-old Gakpo was a star at the most recent World Cup in Qatar, scoring three goals to help the Netherlands advance to the quarterfinals.
We didn't need Virgil to persuade him, said Klopp.
"Virgil was involved from a certain point on, but we didn't speak to him because there was no justification at the time I was permitted to speak with him.
"Some of these nice moments when you're the manager of Liverpool and you think you have to persuade someone, but when you speak to them, you realize the door is wide open — that this is pretty much a home run," he said. ".
Gakpo has been in excellent form this year, helping PSV win 14 league games with nine goals and 12 assists.
In his five Europa League appearances, he has also scored three goals and recorded two assists.
Gakpo claimed that Van Dijk informed him that joining Liverpool would be "the right move," and Manchester United had been heavily linkedexternal-link with a move for the player.
Gakpo stated to Liverpool's official website, "We spoke on the phone a lot [in the last] days.". external-link.
"What he said was that this is the right move for me to make and for me to develop and to become a better player, that the club is a really big and massive club, but also like a real family," the player said.
"Because I'm a family man, I think that's also very important for me. All of his remarks were positive.
He can help me with some things, so I'm glad he's here. I'm so appreciative to be here. ".
Although the game against Brentford on January 2 might be too soon for the paperwork to be finalized and allow Gakpo to make his debut, Liverpool is scheduled to play Brentford that day.
Gakpo has joined fellow forwards Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, and Roberto Firmino in the attack, giving the Reds plenty of competition.
However, when asked if the signing of Gakpo might have an effect on Firmino's future at the club given that Jota and Diaz are currently injured, Klopp responded, "No.
"Bobby and I spoke. I firmly believe that he should remain, at least in my opinion. It has no influence.
"You'd have to ask Bobby if it affects him.