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    Thursday, 29 December 2022

    Pundit thinks Gakpo fee too low for a player of his calibre

    The acquisition of Cody Gakpo has been lauded by Craig Burley who is astounded by the transfer fee

    Craig Burley | Cody Gakpo

    Gakpo will join the Reds in August on a contract that is expected to last until 2025, this will increase Jurgen Klopp's attacking options while the club is without injured players Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota.

    The versatile Gakpo can operate on either side of the field and has 9 goals in 14 league appearances this season.

    The 23-year-old's valuation was expected to increase significantly following his successful performance at the World Cup that included a goal in all three of his team's group stage matches.

    Reports suggest that Gakpo will cost £37m - £45m and former Scotland international Burley believes that the Reds have acquired a bargain.

    He told ESPN: “I look at this player and I think it’s one of the great bits of business, I really do. I keep looking at the fee. I keep looking at the fee and thinking, ‘no, this is not 2022, this is 2012, 2010 or 2009’. The guy is 23, when I look at him as a player and the left-hand side is his best position, but I look at this guy, who for me could play in several positions if need be and could adapt.

    “He’s got the physical attributes, and yes, he will have to step those up. And it will be a step up for him. We know he can score goals. We know he has those attributes I talked about. We know he is flexible. And £37m? I mean, you go to the Championship and you get somebody who has had a one-season wonder and you are going to be paying £25m, £35m or £40m-plus for somebody.

    "If they were bringing him in at £80m or £90m, then you would be like ‘oooh’. This is a terrific piece of business from Liverpool and I think it’s a great move for the player as well. Going into that club, the way they play, with this manager, it’s great business all-round.”

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