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Cody Gakpo ready for 'conversation' with Arne Slot as he starts Liverpool job

Liverpool star Cody Gakpo has revealed he is yet to speak with new boss Arne Slot ahead of pre-season. The Netherlands international says there will eventually be a 'conversation' between the two as they both prepare for the 2024/25 season.

Gakpo, 25, was signed by Liverpool from PSV Eindhoven in January 2023 and has since gone on to make 56 appearances for the Reds, scoring 15 goals so far. The versatile forward is now looking ahead to Slot, who he regularly encountered during their time together in the Eredivisie, arriving at the club this summer.

The former PSV ace only started 17 games in the top flight of English in Jürgen Klopp's final season in charge of the team - but will be hoping he can build on this tally under the new boss moving forward.

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Speaking to De Telegraaf via Sport Witness, Gakpo spoke about the arrival of Slot and his plans to get in touch with his new boss. He said: “I just don’t know yet what he is like as a trainer and I have not spoken to him before. Then I’m not just going to shout something, am I? But I do know that he has always made it very difficult for us at PSV and is known as a very good trainer, of course.

“Eventually there will be a conversation about the situation of each player and what the plans are. If you talk about neat football and high pressure, with the latter being a very big characteristic of us under Jürgen Klopp, then that is also something we are certainly used to.”

Gakpo also went on to talk about the 'special' impact Klopp had on him and his Liverpool teammates, following his exit from Anfield after nine years in charge of the club. “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 added.

“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.”

Liverpool.com says: Gakpo did not play a prominent role this season for Liverpool but will be hoping his compatriot can get the best out of him when he arrives at the AXA Training Centre. It feels as if he is yet to find his best position in this Liverpool squad, whether it's in midfield, upfront or on the wing. Once this happens, he can focus on recapturing his finest goal-scoring form.