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Liverpool: Reds keeping close eye on Cody Gakpo with a view to a move

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Liverpool are tracking Netherlands winger Cody Gakpo ‘very closely’.

That’s according to journalist Dean Jones, with the forward preparing for the upcoming World Cup.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has previously claimed that Manchester United are among other English clubs keen on the PSV Eindhoven star.

Romano has also suggested that the 23-year-old will cost around £44m.

That figure could rise substantially if the nine-cap international impresses in the upcoming tournament, and it appears that Liverpool will have eyes on him over the next few weeks.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones said: “They have watched him and they have monitored him very closely, as closely as most other teams have so far. They just haven’t been linked with him as frequently.

“Now, I think it depends really on how their squad shapes up for the return to action as to whether they will be likely to go for him.”

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Interestingly, Pep Lijnders has previously described him as the ‘missing link’ at Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp isn’t short of options going forward, particularly in wide areas – where Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho can all operate, as well as natural wingers Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz. That said, Jota and Diaz are currently injury absentees.

The latter would be Gakpo’s most direct rival for the left-sided position, and given his injury, the Reds may be tempted to invest in that area.

The Eredivisie winner scored 21 goals and provided 15 assists last season, while this term, he has already been directly involved in 30 goals in 24 appearances.

Former Netherlands midfielder Theo Janssen said that the Dutchman ‘has everything’, but whether he is what Liverpool need remains to be seen.

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