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Sturridge insists Liverpool must get the best out of a ‘different’ striker next season

Sturridge insists Liverpool must get the best out of a ‘different’ striker next season

Daniel Sturridge has urged Liverpool to “get the best out” of Cody Gakpo next season after the Dutchman impressed once again for his nation at EURO 2024.

The former PSV player registered a goal and an assist as the Netherlands beat Romania 3-0 in Berlin to advance to the quarter-finals.

Gakpo started on the left flank for Ronald Koeman’s side and tormented the Romanian defence with his direct and quick style of play.

There is a feeling among Liverpool fans that we are yet to see the best of our number 18 in red, and Sturridge has now commented on the 25-year-old’s performances during the tournament in Germany.

Since moving to Anfield in January last year, Gakpo has registered 23 goals and eight assists in 79 appearances (across all competitions).

He has often been deployed as a central striker and sometimes as part of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, but his performances for the Netherlands suggest he needs to be given a chance on the left wing.

Mo Salah, Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz are some of the other attacking options Arne Slot has at his disposal, so it remains to be seen what the new Liverpool boss’s plans are for his team at the top of the pitch next season.

There is still plenty more to come from Gakpo and let’s hope Slot is the man to get the best out of him on Merseyside.