The dust had yet to settle after Liverpool’s Boxing Day win before news broke of Liverpool’s pursuit of PSV winger Cody Gakpo, a deal which is now on the cusp of being official.
Talk about gifts coming all at one, first, it was the win at Villa and now it’s the imminent arrival of a new player in the January window.
Within in an hour of Liverpool being in ‘advanced’ talks for Gakpo, PSV had already confirmed that a deal is in place in “a record transfer” for the Dutch side.
The price is reported to be an initial £37 million with the Reds having moved quickly to secure Gakpo’s signature due to considerable interest elsewhere, including from Man United.
The speed of news breaking to a deal is always welcomed by Liverpool fans, who are excited about what may be in store from 23-year-old Gakpo.
It’s a deal that makes sense…
It's also worth noting that after next season you have the expanded Champions League, meaning more games.
Bigger squads are needed, get used to it.
— Matt Ladson (@mattladson) December 26, 2022
That is a big couple of hours for Liverpool. An important win followed by the determination to invest. Coady Gakpo is a signing to invigorate a season – it will be done for a deal that is worth €50m ?
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) December 26, 2022
Gapko signing tells me the Diaz injury is worse than thought.
Looking at the state of our forwards:
Diaz out till April at least
Jota very much injury prone now
Firmino also plagued by injuries
With only Salah and Darwin now available and Top 4 at risk, it does make sense.
— GaGs (@GagsTandon) December 26, 2022
Gakpo as a signing makes sense. A versatile and clearly talented forward young enough (23) to be moulded by one of the best managers in the world. I'm ready?
— Harriet Prior (@HarrietEPrior) December 26, 2022
Gakpo, then. Clearly outgrown the ‘next eight’ competitions, as he’s in the top percentiles for most things: pic.twitter.com/Ht9gF7BOOO
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) December 26, 2022
Safe to say the last player Liverpool swooped in and signed ahead of a rival didn’t end up too badly, either.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) December 26, 2022
Gakpo brings even more of a presence to the attack. He's the same height as Darwin.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) December 26, 2022
And it’s a Christmas gift that escalated quickly…
— Chris Coughlin (@_ChrisCoughlin) December 26, 2022
As someone who backed Cody Gakpo to be leading scorer at the World Cup and lost I can only say that he owes me ? (and WHAT a signing if it happens) #LFC
— Chris Mac (@chrismackop) December 26, 2022
Liverpool's transfer dealings are world class. Know your targets, work on them, keep it quiet, then when talks are advanced and news breaks, wrap it up within a few days. It's so smooth and efficient. https://t.co/skB7lqDPjx
— Ismail (@thehalfspaces) December 26, 2022
Good reminder that Liverpool work in silence, and have since the Van Dijk debacle. They decide who knows and when.
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) December 26, 2022
Says everything about Liverpool's transfer strategy that they got this done with barely a single credible link to the player
Says everything about United's strategy that they spent the whole summer chasing him and a rival signed him for just £37m upfront https://t.co/SFweqWuEtg
— Josh Sexton (@jsexton24) December 26, 2022
Three points and Gakpo, decent Christmas ??
— Jess (@JessamineH10) December 26, 2022
we need Gakpo holding a Liverpool shirt next to Christmas tree for the culture
— cat (@lfccxt) December 26, 2022
Gakpo is a right-footed winger who predominantly plays on the left of a front three, and he has 13 goals and 17 assists in 24 appearances for PSV this season.
The speed of action is not too dissimilar to what we saw with Diaz last January, with Liverpool springing into action for a target who is attracting serious interest from across the league.
Let’s hope he goes on to make a similar impact from the off!