Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

PSV Star Gakpo Sold To Liverpool

One of Europe’s brightest young talents heads to the Premier League.

PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo has been sold to Liverpool for a fee nearing £37 million, per the Dutch club.

The exact fee is currently unknown, but PSV general manager Marcel Brands did say that “this is a record transfer for PSV.”

Gakpo is a huge signing for the English club, especially considering Liverpool stars Luis Díaz and Diogo Jota will miss extended time with injuries. Gakpo figures to slot into the left-wing spot that both attackers normally occupy, lining up next to Darwin Núñez and Mohamed Salah.

The Dutch attacker was tremendous for PSV throughout the first half of the Eredivisie season. Gakpo has 9 goals and 12 assists this season, one of the leading marks in Europe. Gakpo’s 21 league goal contributions have the attacker tied for first in Europe with Manchester City star Erling Haaland.

Gakpo was also monumental for the Netherlands at this Winter’s World Cup, becoming one of the tournament’s brightest young stars. The forward was one of the Dutch’s best players in the tournament, scoring 3 goals for the Netherlands

Gakpo was reportedly also on Manchester United’s radar, with United coach Erik ten Hag admiring the attacker. Liverpool managed to beat the Manchester club to his signing, however, sealing the move before January’s transfer window officially opens.

About Connor O'Bryan

Connor O'Bryan is a world soccer reporter for ESPN Gainesville. He also sometimes covers baseball and other sports. He has previously written for WUFT Gainesville and for Atrium Magazine. Connor also cohosts the "Off The Bar Podcast", a student driven podcast that focuses on the global soccer landscape.

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