Curtis Jones has defined how his nickname for Liverpool teammate Cody Gakpo originated and the way it duly ‘caught’.
The 22-year-old was talking at size about quite a lot of matters for the We Are Liverpool podcast, and among the many extra light-hearted topics being mentioned was the recognition of the Netherlands attacker among the many Reds’ first-team squad.
The Toxteth lad defined: “I name him Gakkers, that’s the title that should stick to him. Cody simply got here in and everybody cherished him when he got here in. He’s probably the most well mannered lad, however he’s hilarious.
“There was a time he was happening about my accent, saying Curtis’ accent is robust, and I stated ‘Shut up you Gakkers!’ It simply caught.”
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It’s clear from Jones’ anecdote that, since becoming a member of Liverpool 11 months in the past, Gakpo has made an infinite impression behind the scenes, shortly successful the respect of his teammates and having the ability to take pleasure in banter with a lot of them.
Footballers will finally be judged by how they carry out on the pitch on matchdays, but it surely’s additionally essential that they combine nicely with the opposite members of the staff, and people with infectious personalities could be a large assist in fostering an all-important camaraderie away from the sphere.
One in every of Jurgen Klopp’s greatest strengths throughout his eight-and-a-bit years in command of the Reds has been to signal gamers who’re the best match for his squad and swiftly jettison anybody whose angle threatens to derail bonhomie inside the camp. Simply ask Mamadou Sakho about it.
It’s nice to listen to of Gakpo bonding so nicely with the opposite Liverpool gamers so quickly after coming to Anfield, and lengthy might that cohesion proceed to present itself each on and off the pitch!
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