Man United star's brother takes aim at Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo over next manager jibe

Cody Gakpo
Cody Gakpo has struggled at Liverpool this season -Credit:Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Alejandro Garnacho's brother Roberto, has ripped into Liverpool forward Conor Gakpo on social media.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Manchester United and his brother, Roberto, has been active on social media to boast his accolades throughout the season. Roberto has never shied away from commenting about footballing matters on X and jumping to the defence of Alejandro.

However, he took the opportunity to slate Gakpo on Friday evening after it emerged that Feyenoord boss Arne Slot was set to succeed Jurgen Klopp at Anfield in the summer. Responding to a post that confirmed an agreement had been reached between all parties, Roberto wrote: "They acc [actually] think this bald [referring to Slot] can make Gakpo run faster."

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Gakpo, who was linked with a move to Old Tafford, completed the £35million move to Liverpool in January 2023, and has struggled to replicate his sensational Eredivisie form and tie down a regular spot in Klopp's team.

The Dutchman has scored 21 goals in 75 appearances for the Reds. Despite being a forward by trade, Klopp has often utilised him in midfield and admitted that playing him in a different position had impacted his form.

"Cody had a bit of a struggle in between the season, it was more my fault," Klopp previously said. "We spoke about can Cody play a midfield position for us, yes he can in different moments. Is it his position? I would say no. The offensive part of the role he can definitely play, but with the defensive things which he was not used to, that cost him a bit of confidence in moments, you could see that.

"The boy came here and was flying from day one pretty much and then all of a sudden you saw, OK that’s now not exactly the same. These kinds of things happen. It will help him in the long term anyway, but in the short term it’s not always that you can directly see it. Now he’s absolutely there and, as long as we can avoid it, we will probably not bring him in midfield.

"But he’s not under the radar. If you ask Cody he would not say it’s the best season of his life, but we all know how good a player he is and he’s always a threat. He can be a threat in the air, is on the ground really good, has a super finish, has a good nose for finishing situations, good dribbler, can keep the ball for us. Plenty of super things we can use and need."