It summed up Cody Gakpo‘s standing among Liverpool supporters that, after his goal completed a thrilling turnaround against Fulham, it was Darwin Nunez‘s name sung by the Kop.
In fairness, the Uruguayan had provided the assist for that strike as part of a brilliant cameo that swung the game in the hosts’ favour.
Still, it is rather unusual to hear the provider’s name echo around Anfield in the aftermath of such a crucial goal.
That it did owes much to Kopites’ desperate desire to see Nunez succeed despite occasionally unfair external scrutiny relating to his lofty price tag.
However, it also says a lot about how Gakpo continues to go under the radar as a key man of Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool 2.0.
The Netherlands international has now scored in all four rounds of the Reds’ Carabao Cup run to put them on the cusp of a Wembley final.
But while those similarities are being pointed out as a compliment, Gakpo’s form this season shows that he deserves to be regarded as so much more than just a cup specialist.
After Wednesday’s strike, his record this term now reads nine goals and three assists across 27 appearances in all competitions, despite just 16 of those having come as a starter.
That adds up to a goal contribution every 119 minutes, a stat that is made all the more impressive by the fact that he has frequently been used in midfield.
Liverpool insiders cited the player’s “multi-functional” nature as a key factor in his arrival last January, and he has certainly lived up to that tag in also appearing as a false nine, left winger and, in the second half against Fulham, on the right.
But it would be fair to say that, for the player himself, this versatility can sometimes be a curse, with constant changes of position making it more difficult to find consistency.
Fortunately for Klopp, each different role is always taken up without a hint of complaint, which speaks to a maturity and character that saw Gakpo captain PSV Eindhoven at the age of 23.
And it should not be forgotten that the forward is still only 24 years old, even if his impressive physical stature and the intelligence with which he plays the game belie that number.
That is, in fact, arguably the most exciting aspect of the overall package he offers: that there is still plenty more to come under a coach who is unrivalled in terms of developing attacking players.
Should Gakpo continue to fulfil his immense potential in the years ahead, then perhaps he will also finally start to get the recognition he deserves.