Jürgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, has expressed his admiration for the maturity displayed by Cody Gakpo, the team's Dutch forward, with the German describing him as "the oldest 24-year-old boy I have ever met".

Despite suffering an injury just before scoring against Tottenham last month, Gakpo is working hard to regain fitness in time for the upcoming Merseyside derby against Everton. There is optimism that he will be able to join his teammates in training and potentially make an impact in the match. Gakpo's return would be a welcome boost for Liverpool, especially considering his previous success against Everton at Anfield, where he scored in a 2-0 victory in February.

In a video titled 'A Day with Cody Gakpo' on Liverpool's official YouTube channel, Klopp reminisced about his first encounter with the young striker and how he immediately recognized his maturity. During a training session, Klopp approached host Rubi Deschamps without any prompting to discuss Gakpo.

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"He is incredibly nice, incredibly smart," Klopp began. "I think Cody is the oldest 24-year-old boy I have ever met. When I met Cody, he was already the captain of his previous club in Eindhoven wow! And then you realize after 10 minutes [how young he is]."

Deschamps relayed Klopp's compliment to Gakpo in the video, who was busy training in the background. Gakpo graciously accepted the praise, expressing gratitude with a smile and thumbs up to the camera. "I take the compliment, yes. Thank you, gaffer," he said.

He acknowledged that being a professional football player brings unique challenges and responsibilities that require maturity beyond one's years. Gakpo highlighted the pressure from external sources and the need to care for others, emphasizing the importance of having a supportive group of teammates who can navigate these challenges together.

Liverpool.com says: While Klopp's astonishment at Gakpo's maturity is evident, it also serves as a testament to the young attacker's character and professionalism. Gakpo's ability to handle the demands of the sport at such a young age bodes well for his future development and success with Liverpool. As he continues to grow and gain experience, Gakpo has the potential to become an integral part of Klopp's plans for the team alongside Darwin Núñez.


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