Cody Gakpo looked a bit uncomfortable in the rush hour on Saturday evening during the away game with Crystal Palace (0-0), the English media say. The Dutchman failed to give Liverpool the three points at Selhurst Park in the final phase.
Liverpool have not been able to wash away the sour aftertaste of the 2-5 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League against Palace. Gakpo, who was again given a starting place by manager Jürgen Klopp, had a great chance for the opening goal more than ten minutes before the end, but failed. “He could have decided the game, but tapped a huge chance just wide,” said Sky Sports.
‘Still feels uncomfortable in this central role’, can be read on 90min, which rated him with a 5. ‘He failed to put Andersen (Joachim, ed.) and Guéhi (Marc, ed.) to the test .’ The Liverpool Echo is milder and hands out a 6. “Started off well and caused some problems with his runs, but that eased after he endured two big tackles.”
The local media was a lot more positive about Virgil van Dijk, who, together with goalkeeper Allison Becker, received the highest rating of all Liverpool players: a 7. ‘Cleared a lot of balls. Brought some discipline back to the last line. Decent enough.’
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