Premier League: Liverpool Boss Has High Praise for Messi After Winning 2022 World Cup
After Argentina’s victory over France in penalty kicks in the final match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi and Argentina were able to hoist the tournament’s championship trophy (4-2).
Messi won his first World Cup when scoring a brace against Les Bleus, and he has now put himself in the conversation as the GOAT, which many people already believe he is after capturing the one trophy lacking in his cabinet. Messi won his first World Cup while scoring a double against Les Bleus.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, spoke about the tournament and his initial reactions to seeing a South American nation emerge victorious as club football is set to resume on Monday with leagues such as the Premier League getting the ball rolling. Klopp also shared his thoughts on the implications of seeing a South American nation emerge victorious.
According to Klopp, who was quoted by Liverpool Echo, “Argentina earned it, and when you watched the players and the country applauding, then it probably ɦit the right country in difficult circumstances.” They have been patient for such a long time, and I am genuinely delighted for them.
“The best footballer in my lifetime, Lionel Messi, the style in which he plays football at this age should give us all a hint at how long footballers may perform at the highest level.” It’s too soon to shut the books on this project. It was a pleasure to see him in action.”
Messi, who is 35 years old, proved that age is nothing but a number for him by being the driving force behind Argentina’s assaulт. Messi was the focal point of Argentina’s offense.
Messi did not ride along on the journey to victory in the World Cup; rather, he was the driver of the offensive bus. The great forward for Paris Saint-Germain scored goals in six of the seven matches that the CONMEBOL side competed in throughout the tournament.
Is it clear the reason why Gakpo refused Man United, joining Liverpool
Center-back Virgil van Dijk is said to have had a direct influence on Gakpo’s decision to join Liverpool.
After losing to Man City in the Carabao Cup arena, Liverpool recently regained the feeling of victory after defeating Aston Villa right away. A gentle victory of The Kop, but it must be admitted that striker Darwin Nunez had a day to forget.
Darwin Nunez had a day to forget against Aston Villa (Image: Getty)
Given a lot of opportunities, the Uruguayan star still constantly misses even the most delicious situations. Before the above situation, there have been many rumors that Liverpool may bring a new striker to Anfield in the winter transfer window. And recently, midfielder Virgil van Dijk directly spoke about this issue:
” Hopefully injured players can return soon, but we will also welcome some players in the upcoming transfer window. We will see quality signings at Liverpool ” – Van Dijk replied Interview after the match against Aston Villa.
Recently, it was very surprising that Liverpool was officially announced to own striker Cody Gakpo in the context that MU is said to be leading this deal. And with the above statement, it is easy to see that Van Dijk is probably the one who directly influenced the decision of the 23-year-old young star.
Cody Gakpo emerged as one of the brightest strikers in the world after the 2022 World Cup. Previously, the host club PSV confirmed to let the Dutch striker leave for a huge transfer fee, and the team. The final victory was Liverpool.
Victory over Aston Villa helps The Kop get 25 points and temporarily “sit” in the group to attend the European Cup. They will need to maintain this form, because the top 4 is probably the most important goal this season.
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The winter transfer window has not yet opened, but MU has had to receive sad news when their top target to replace Cristiano Ronaldo has joined rival Liverpool.
On the morning of December 27, journalist Fabrizio Romano reported that Liverpool and PSV officially reached an agreement on the acquisition of Cody Gakpo . The Dutch club later also confirmed on the homepage that the 23-year-old striker would arrive at Anfield.
It wouldn’t be surprising if this was just a regular sale. But during the past 6 months, the British press has almost only mentioned that Gakpo is MU’s top target. The fact that his last stop is the rival of the Red Devils, certainly makes many people wonder why the Old Trafford team can easily lose the goal despite always being in the “alone horse” position. “?
Gakpo joined Liverpool despite being closely linked with MU
Last summer, Cody Gakpo was closely linked with Man Utd even almost joining this team. However, the fact that the Red Devils could not find a partner to sell Ronaldo forced coach Ten Hag to divert to recruit a winger Anthony from Ajax for 100 million euros.
However, he still kept in touch with Gakpo. According to Mirror, coach Ten Hag has told his compatriot that he is the perfect replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at MU and could even give Gakpo the number 7 shirt after the World Cup is over.
Even when coach Ten Hag spoke to the media that MU was looking for a new striker, everyone thought it would be Gakpo, but everything is now a thing of the past. The Dutch striker was already a Liverpool player.
Coach Ten Hag considers Gakpo to be the perfect replacement for Ronaldo’s position at MU
According to some sources from the UK, Gakpo was actually also excited about joining MU and was just waiting for a call from coach Ten Hag, but what he received in return was nothing. Instead, the person who approached the player was his captain in the Netherlands national team, Virgil Van Dijk.
It is known that right during the 2022 World Cup, Liverpool’s No. 4 gave advice to juniors about the next stop, about playing under the passionate atmosphere at Anfield or the cool hand of coach Jurgen Klopp with young players.
Even Van Dijk himself organized a video meeting to give Gakpo the opportunity to talk with coach Klopp. Here, the 23-year-old is completely convinced by the project and vision of the German and Liverpool strategist.
MU’s hesitation has opened the opportunity for Liverpool to recruit Gakpo
According to The Athletic, besides MU, Chelsea also pursued Gakpo, but the Dutch striker still decided to choose Liverpool. The club then approached and negotiated directly with PSV as well as Gakpo’s representatives. The deal was closed in just 2 hours in the context that there was no previous contact or rumor between the two parties.
As for MU, they are said to want to recruit a pure kick player like Vlahovic or Goncalo Ramos. Gakpo can also play well in this position but the price of 55-60 million pounds that PSV offers also makes them falter after spending more than 200 million pounds last summer.
Therefore, even though Gakpo is still considered a quality target, the Red Devils Board wants to wait until the summer instead of promoting it in winter as coach Ten Hag wants. But on the PSV side, they are in need of money and when Liverpool came with an offer of £ 50 million including surcharges, the deal was closed simply because of ‘buy and sell’.