Cody Gakpo decides Liverpool next transfer for Arne Slot after Anthony Gordon twist

Cody Gakpo
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Liverpool star Cody Gakpo was the star man for the Netherlands in their Euro 2024 last-16 win over Romania. The forward has enjoyed a impressive individual tournament so far and was the man of the moment for his nation once more in Munich.

After scoring two goals in the group stages, Gakpo joined Georges Mikautadze, Jamal Musiala and Ivan Schranz as the tournament top scorers on Tuesday. His opener against Romania set Ronald Koeman's men on their way to a 3-0 win to seal their spot in the quarter-final.

The Liverpool forward took just one opportunity to break the deadlock with what has become a trademark finish by the 25-year-old. After receiving the ball on the left, he darted inside and fired the ball past Florin Nita at the front post.

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Gakpo then added an assist in the second half for Donyell Malen. It was another superb individual performance by the forward with him doing little wrong, something that Arne Slot will be desperate for him to carry over to his club form.

Since moving to Anfield at the start of 2023, Gakpo has been in and out of the starting XI, scoring 23 goals. However, under a new head coach in Slot, the tide could be about to turn for him as one of the Reds' most important players.

Having the likes of Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez alongside him in the attacking arsenal means he faces tough competition to nail his place. But the potential signing of another wide attacker, such as Anthony Gordon, would place further doubt over his position in Slot's front three.

Sources told the ECHO that Gordon is liked by Liverpool but no deal has yet happened. Newcastle's insistence of including Jarell Quansah in the deal is said to have scuppered any move prior to June 30, with the Reds keen to keep hold of the 21-year-old.

Doubts over a move for the England international have arisen with the passing of the June 30 deadline. Newcastle no longer have a pressing need to sell Gordon and the cost will be considerably higher than it was before.

Fortunately for Liverpool, Gakpo's form on the international stage means there isn't a desperate need to bolster Slot's forward line. In fact, the tournament where he has pressure to deliver as one of Holland's key players could be exactly what he needs to accelerate his club form next season, while Liverpool's transfer scouts can look for signings in more pressing areas such as midfield and defence.