Cody Gakpo, who joined Liverpool in January, has been mentioned by Mohamed Salah.
As Liverpool get ready to say goodbye to the well-liked striker, Mohamed Salah has compared Cody Gakpo, who joined in the middle of the season, to departing teammate Roberto Firmino.
After marking his Anfield farewell with a goal from the bench against Aston Villa on Saturday last weekend, Firmino will feature for Liverpool one last time at St. Mary’s Stadium this afternoon (4.30pm). Jurgen Klopp and his men end what has largely been a frustrating Premier League campaign against Southampton.
However, the Reds have had encouraging moments recently and there are encouraging signs regarding their transition, with January signing Gakpo now starting to shine following his transfer from PSV. This is true even though they were unable to qualify for the Champions League.
The Dutchman has made 20 appearances in the Premier League and has been used in a variety of positions to demonstrate his versatility.
In those 20 games, he has scored six goals and provided three assists.
Furthermore, Salah has given his “really clever” teammate advice for the future, telling him to ignore outside criticism as he works to long-term replace Firmino.
“He’s kind of like Bobby,” the Egyptian said in an interview with Stadium Astro. “Occasionally, he plays as the No.8, and he enjoys diving deep.
“He is a skilled football player, no doubt about it.
As long as the team is winning, he will score goals regardless, so I don’t care if he doesn’t.”
Salah went on to describe their discussions while they were working out at Liverpool: “I always talk to him. He’s a really smart guy who constantly seeks knowledge. I always tell him to focus on playing football and not to pay attention to any criticism. I’d say to him, “Don’t worry what people say if maybe you’re not scoring a lot [at times].”
“Just enjoy your time on the field while you play football and relax. “