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Cody Gakpo names most important Liverpool lesson left behind by Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool star Cody Gakpo has revealed the most important lesson he was taught by his former boss Jurgen Klopp. The German departed Anfield after nine years in charge at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.

The 25-year-old Netherlands international was signed under Klopp's watch back in January 2023 and has since gone on to make 56 appearances for the Reds across all competitions. Gakpo has settled in well on Merseyside and attributes the vast majority of this to Klopp's coaching style.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, as translated by Sport Witness, the Liverpool star opened up on the role Klopp plays behind closed doors and the most important lesson he learned from the legendary manager. “If you look at the impact he has had on the club, the fans, the players, many of whom have experienced him for much longer than I have these one and a half years: that has been very valuable to everyone,” he said.

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“The most important thing I learned from him? That you don’t have to prove anything to anyone but yourself. When he really hit me? That is not a specific moment, but it is a gift that he was able to trigger us as players in a different way every time, to give just an extra percentage or one and a half. That was special.”

Gakpo is now preparing for the imminent arrival of Klopp's successor, Arne Slot. During his time at PSV Eindhoven, the versatile forward encountered Slot's Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar sides, where he claimed it was always 'difficult' to face teams coached by the 45-year-old.

Despite Slot's arrival and his first pre-season in charge of the club looming, Gakpo's attention will be on EURO 2024 with his Netherlands teammates. He netted three goals in the 2022 Qatar World Cup before his move to Anfield and will be hoping he can recapture similar form in the upcoming tournament which will be held in Germany.

The Netherlands have been drawn in Group D and will battle France, Austria and Poland to progress to the knock-out stages. Under the guidance of former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, Oranje reached the semi-finals of the World Cup but was eventually knocked out by Argentina who went on to lift the trophy.

Liverpool.com says: Gakpo is yet to find his finest form in a Liverpool shirt but has shown signs of promise. Hopefully, the arrival of his compatriot Slot can unlock his full potential at Anfield in the coming future.