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Koeman Speaks On Gakpo’s Liverpool Move

The forward was signed for £37m from PSV Eindhoven during the January transfer window following some eye-catching FIFA World Cup performances in Qatar, but Gakpo has failed to live up to expectations thus far.The 23-year-old is yet to score for the Reds and has not even won a game with his new club despite making six appearances.

Speaking on Andy van der Meyde’s YouTube show, the new Netherlands coach Koeman – who took over after the World Cup – stated that the move to Liverpool perhaps came too soon for Gakpo:”The level in England is higher than in the Netherlands, but they are also young boys, aren’t they? Like [Ryan] Gravenberch going to Bayern and not playing. Then that is difficult.”You can see that, that he [Gakpo] has ended up in a team that is not doing well. Then it becomes more difficult for him, as a new signing. You are tested right away. And if you don’t score or you’re not important and you don’t win any matches, it’s very difficult, especially for a young player. If that’s was someone aged 28 with experience, it would be different.”

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