Cody Gakpo has admitted that Liverpool will miss Jordan Henderson heading into the 2023/24 season.
Henderson currently achieved a transfer to Al Ettifaq, with the Saudi Pro League membership forking out £12m to comprise his products and providers. The midfielder had been at Anfield for 12 years and held onto the captain’s armband since 2015 – an armband which has now formally been given to centre-relieve Virgil van Dijk.
Whereas Gakpo only had six months alongside Henderson, he confessed to The Athletic that the Englishman’s departure will take its toll on him.
“Hendo used to be love a wide brother,” Gakpo defined. “He used to be continuously asking me how I used to be, if the set I used to be living used to be OK, did I need the rest?
“He used to be a staunch captain, within the field and outside the field, continuously there for everybody, a stout personality. He’s an example of how a dependable player has to be. I if truth be told looked up to him. I would possibly possibly well well learn loads from him. I will have realized more, nonetheless that’s not that you would possibly possibly well well presumably agree with anymore. A terribly stout guy and a stout footballer. As the coach mentioned, he’s a account and we will miss him.”
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Gakpo grew to turn into a key player for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds following his transfer in January 2023, taking on a flawed 9 role after largely playing out extensive right through his time at outdated membership PSV Eindhoven.
Requested about which role he prefers, the Netherlands world hinted that he prefers his role in the heart of the Reds attack.
“As the flawed No 9, I’m able to fall a diminutive bit bit into midfield, protect a diminutive deeper, overview at eventualities, and delivery assaults,” he confirmed. “I don’t have to wait for an attack to strategy to me. To be that fascinated with video games is nice.
“It’s engaging to pronounce [what position I prefer], because it is a ways dependent on the sport and the opponent.
“I actual love to be in a role the set I’m able to bag on the ball loads. I love to raise it from midfield to the attacking facet after which optimistically gather or relieve. My preference? Excellent to play. You would possibly possibly well well presumably have to commerce some things tactically whenever you play completely different roles nonetheless you bag unprecedented to it. It’s not that engaging.”
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