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Cody Gakpo admits Liverpool move after failer Man United transfer was the ‘best decision’

Cody Gakpo reveals his failed move to Manchester United and the Liverpool transfer that came after that, which he admits was the ‘best decision.’

Cody Gakpo recently disclosed that he engaged in discussions with Manchester United regarding a potential transfer in the summer of 2022. However, he ultimately decided to join Liverpool during the winter transfer window, a move he believes was the right choice for his career.

Having spent five successful years in the first team at PSV Eindhoven, Gakpo attracted interest from top clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool. Talks with United took place during Erik ten Hag’s initial tenure as manager, but a deal failed to materialize.

Despite the opportunity to join United, Gakpo opted to remain at PSV until the winter transfer window. He then completed a move to Liverpool for an initial fee of £35.4 million.

Gakpo: Manchester United came for me last summer

In an interview with Sky Sports, Gakpo discussed the discussions with Manchester United and expressed his satisfaction with the decision to wait for Liverpool’s offer.

“It was the summer before [joining Liverpool]. I was in contact with the club [United] and the manager – he’s Dutch so I spoke to him as well,” Gakpo said.

“At the end of the day it fell through, that’s it, and in the winter Liverpool came. It was the best decision for me.”

Gakpo has experienced fluctuations in his playing time at Liverpool, a team that has been grappling with several injury setbacks throughout the season. Nonetheless, he earned a starting position in last week’s victorious Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.

Speaking about the challenges faced by Liverpool, Gakpo commended Jurgen Klopp for his leadership during this period of adversity. He credited Klopp for steering the team through the crisis and maintaining their competitiveness across all competitions at this juncture of the season.

“One of Klopp’s specialities is giving us that belief we can do it, even though we’re having a tough time with injuries, without us having some really good players that are really important for the team,” Gakpo added.

“We have managed through the situation, that’s because of the young players who have come in, the manager, his staff and the fans – the togetherness, this total picture, it gets us through.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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