Liverpool Player Reveals Discussions With Erik ten Hag Regarding Transfer To Man Utd

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Gakpo sealed his move to Liverpool in January 2023 for a hefty £35.4 million fee, committing to a five-year contract with the Reds. Prior to this, he was strongly linked with a transfer to Manchester United, particularly during the summer window when his compatriot, Ten Hag, assumed managerial duties at Old Trafford.

During this period, there was notable interest from United, prompting Gakpo to engage in discussions with Ten Hag and club representatives regarding a potential move to Manchester. However, despite the talks, a transfer failed to materialize, and United ultimately secured the services of Antony from Ajax for a staggering £86 million.

Consequently, Gakpo remained with PSV for the first half of the season before eventually making his way to Anfield. Despite the initial speculation and missed opportunity, Gakpo expressed no regrets about his decision, especially after securing his first trophy with Liverpool last week.

“I think it was the summer before [I joined Liverpool] that I was in contact with the club [United],” he told Sky Sports.

“I spoke to the manager [Ten Hag] from them as well, obviously, he’s Dutch so yeah, I spoke to him as well.

“But at the end, it didn’t go through and that’s just it. In the winter, Liverpool came… best decision for me.”

Notably, Gakpo had previously showcased his talent against Manchester United, scoring twice during Liverpool’s resounding 7-0 victory at Anfield last season. With 18 goals in 63 games, he has been a consistent performer for the Reds, particularly in light of the team’s injury woes and reliance on young players, notably evident in the recent Carabao Cup final.

Acknowledging the challenging circumstances, Gakpo praised Klopp for his leadership in rallying the team amidst adversity. Currently, Liverpool sits four points clear at the top of the league table following a thrilling last-minute triumph over Nottingham Forest. Their next test awaits them in a highly anticipated showdown against reigning champions Manchester City at Anfield next week.