Owen sympathises with Gakpo after £40m man's quiet outing

‘I feel SORRY for him’: Michael Owen sympathises with Cody Gakpo after the £40m man’s quiet outing in Liverpool’s draw at Chelsea and claims the Dutchman is struggling because Jurgen Klopp’s men are ‘drained of confidence’

  • Michael Owen says that he feels sorry for Liverpool attacker Cody Gakpo 
  • The £40million signing struggled to make an impact in the draw against Chelsea 
  • Owen has backed the Dutchman to be a success at Anfield in the long term 

Michael Owen has admitted that he feels sorry for new Liverpool signing Cody Gakpo.

Gakpo has yet to score in four appearances for Liverpool but Owen stressed that it is very difficult for the Dutchman as he is coming into a team that has lacked consistency.

The £40million attacker was unable to make much of an impact in the goalless draw against Chelsea, but Owen has backed Gakpo to be a success in the long term. 

Michael Owen says he feels sorry for Cody Gakpo as he has come into a struggling team

Owen claimed that even Lionel Messi would struggle in Jurgen Klopp’s team at present as they are so devoid of confidence.  

Speaking on Premier League Productions, Owen said: ‘I feel sorry for him actually because he’s coming into a team that are really inconsistent and drained of all confidence that we’ve seen in the past.

Owen believes that Gakpo will eventually be able to make a significant impact for Liverpool 

‘He had a couple of half-chances today [against Chelsea] and it’s clear he’s trying. I’m sure he’s going to be a good signing for the future but at the moment, I would defy even Lionel Messi to come in and look good in this team because it’s really struggling.’

Gakpo scored nine goals and provided twelve assists in 14 Eredivisie appearances this season, but he may well take some time to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.

Gakpo wasn’t heavily involved during Liverpool’s goalless draw with Chelsea on Saturday

As Owen alludes to, Liverpool’s form could well be a hindrance to Gakpo’s progress, with Klopp’s team currently in eighth place in the table.

23-year-old forward Gakpo will hope to get his first goal for Liverpool soon as he aims to justify the club’s decision to sign him.

Liverpool have won just one of their last five games across all competitions, with Klopp’s team lacking their usual intensity. 

The Reds’ next game is away to Brighton in the fourth round of the FA Cup. 

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