EPL I’m baffled they signed bench warmer – Carragher slams Liverpool for buying Gakpo. Jamie Carragher, a former player for Liverpool, expressed astonishment at the club’s decision to buy Cody Gakpo from Ajax during the January transfer window.
The Dutch international, who the former England defender claimed is not a typical Jurgen Klopp player, was signed by his previous club, and the former English defender claimed he does not understand why.
When all the other Liverpool strikers are well, the World Cup star will sit on the bench, according to Garragher.
Gakpo, 23, left Dutch champions Ajax in January to sign for Liverpool for a price that may increase to £45 million with add-ons.
Gakpo’s early efforts “blow me away,” Carragher said in The Telegraph.
“Gakpo is not a typical Klopp addition since he is slow to move and unable to take charge of a high press.
Why spend up to £45 million on a bench player when Diaz and Diogo Jota are healthy? Added he.
Following their 2-0 victory against Everton in the Merseyside derby on Monday, Liverpool climbed up to ninth position in the Premier League.
The criticized Gakpo also scored his first goal for the Reds, while Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead with his first goal for the team since 2023.