Cody Gakpo aiming for his debut goal against Everton

Cody Gakpo is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Virgil van Dijk and score his first goal for Liverpool against Everton on Monday 

Cody Gakpo

Liverpool star Cody Gakpo has failed to score in his first six appearances for Liverpool and the new Reds forward admits he's been shocked by that fact.

The Dutchman, who has built a reputation with PSV as one of Europe's most prolific forwards, will take part in Monday's Merseyside derby after failing to score in his six appearances for the Reds.

Gakpo scored 13 goals and provided 17 assists for PSV in the first half of the season. But he has failed to contribute to goals since his £37million move to Anfield in early January.

The 23-year-old said any striker who insisted that no goal affected them was "lying". He believes he can end his goal drought by adapting to life at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.

“The guys who say it doesn’t affect them when they don’t score are lying. I am an attacking player so, of course, I like to score goals or give assists - and I also like to win,” Gakpo said ahead of the clash with rivals Everton.

“I am just trying to improve my game and fit how I play into how the team plays. If I can do that, the rest will follow."

Gakpo added: “Virgil has told me about the derby and said it’s going to be a big fight. He also told me he scored his first goal against Everton - and now I hope for exactly the same.”

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