Liverpool star Cody Gakpo has revealed he “sought answers” from God during a convoluted transfer saga that had Leeds United chasing his signature.
The winger has been speaking to Voetbalzone journalist Jelle Kusters about his career, which has seen him rise through the youth ranks at PSV Eindhoven to the first team and ultimately Liverpool.
The Dutchman started with PSV Youth in 2015 before eventually moving up to the first team in 2018, going on to score 55 goals and register 50 assists in 159 games for the club before eventually joining Liverpool in January this year.
Leeds were at the top of that list, making a move late in the window to try and secure his signature in a big money move and even sending then director of football Victor Orta to the Netherlands in the hope of securing the deal.
That never happened and he remained where he was, much to Leeds frustration, before eventually moving to Anfield after impressing at the World Cup in Qatar.
Gakpo has regularly looked back on that transfer saga since and now admits conversations with God also led to his decision.
“I had difficult, but also very good years. In the end, I kept going and I always kept faith. I’m grateful for where I am now,” he said.
“In the end it was a very stressful transfer period with clubs coming and going. As a religious person, I have also sought my answers from God. It was very clear to me that it was better to stay and that’s a good thing!”