Cody Mathès Gakpo (born 7 May 1999) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Netherlands national team.
|Full name||Cody Mathès Gakpo|
|Date of birth||7 May 1999|
|Place of birth||Eindhoven, Netherlands|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:12, 15 March 2023 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:00, 9 December 2022 (UTC)
A PSV academy graduate, Gakpo made his first-team debut in February 2018. In the 2021–22 season, he won the Dutch Footballer of the Year award after scoring 21 goals in 47 games in all competitions. He signed for Liverpool in January 2023.
Gakpo played youth international football for the Netherlands from under-18 to under-21 level. He made his senior international debut in June 2021 at UEFA Euro 2020.
Early life and youth
Gakpo was born in Eindhoven and raised in the district of Stratum. His father was born in Togo and has Ghanaian ancestry, while his mother is Dutch. In 2007, he moved to the youth academy of PSV, where he then progressed through all of the youth teams.
For the 2016–17 season Gakpo was part of the reserve team Jong PSV for the first time, but mainly featured in the U19 team. Gakpo made his professional debut in the Eerste Divisie for Jong PSV on 4 November 2016 in a game against Helmond Sport. In the rest of the season he only made one more appearance for Jong PSV. After his production increased in the following season's U19 Eredivisie with seven goals and five assists in 13 league games, he was finally promoted to the reserves at the turn of the year. In his second appearance in the second-tier Eerste Divisie, on 19 January 2017 in a 3–2 away win against De Graafschap, he scored a brace and made the assist for the third goal of his team. For Jong PSV, he managed to score seven goals in the 2017–18 season, which he achieved in 12 league games.
Gakpo made his first team debut for PSV as an injury-time substitute in a 3–1 victory over Feyenoord on 25 February 2018. In the 2018–19 season, Gakpo was able to further improve his performances. This was also noticed by first team coach, Mark van Bommel. He was selected several times for the matchday squad of the first team in the first half of the season. He would initially, however, remain an unused substitute. In the 5–1 home win against the Go Ahead Eagles on 3 December 2018, he scored the first hat-trick of his professional career. After he scored a goal and got an assist in the 5–2 home win against Almere City on 21 December, he made his debut in the Eredivisie just one day later. In the 3–1 home win against AZ, he was substituted on for Steven Bergwijn in the closing stages. He scored nine goals in ten league games for Jong PSV by the end of the year and was subsequently promoted to become a regular member of the first team. On 3 February 2019, he scored his first league goal in his second appearance in a 5–0 home win over Fortuna Sittard and also assisted another goal. By the end of the season he made 14 league appearances, but without being able to record another goal.
In the 2019–20 season, he made his breakthrough in the Eredivisie and recorded seven goals and as many assists in 25 league games.
On 13 September 2020, the first matchday of the 2020–21 Eredivisie season, Gakpo scored his first brace for PSV, contributing to a 3–1 win over Groningen. He scored another brace on 24 September in the 5–1 victory in the UEFA Europa League qualifier against NŠ Mura, allowing PSV to qualify for the play-off round. He was again decisive there, on scoring PSV's second goal in a 2–0 win over Rosenborg on 1 October. He finished the season with 29 appearances, in which he scored 11 goals.
Gakpo scored the winning goal for PSV in a 2–1 win over Ajax in the 2022 KNVB Cup Final. On 31 August 2022, he scored his first hat-trick in a 7–1 win over Volendam.
On 28 December 2022, Gakpo agreed to sign for Premier League club Liverpool once the transfer window opened on 1 January 2023. He was reported by BBC Sport to have agreed a five-and-a-half-year contract, for a transfer fee of between £35.4 to £44.3 million (€40 to €50 million), which would be a record fee received by PSV. He made his debut for the club as a starter in a 2–2 third-round FA Cup tie at Anfield against Wolves on 7 January 2023. Gakpo scored his first goal for Liverpool in 2–0 a Merseyside derby league victory over Everton on 13 February. He scored a brace of goals against Liverpool's arch rivals Manchester United on 5 March 2023.
Gakpo was eligible to play for the Netherlands, Ghana or Togo at international level. He played youth international football for the Netherlands at under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels.
Gakpo was called up to the senior Netherlands squad for UEFA Euro 2020 and made his debut in the third match of the group stage against North Macedonia as a substitute in the 79th minute for Frenkie de Jong. Thereby, he became the first Netherlands player to make his international debut at a European Championship since Martien Vreijsen in 1980.
Gakpo was named in the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and had an immediate impact, scoring in three consecutive group matches against Senegal, Ecuador, and Qatar.
Style of play
Usually deployed on the left wing, Gakpo often cuts inside on his right foot to move to a more central attacking position, and uses his speed and dribbling skills to take on defenders until he finds the space to make an attempt on goal.
Gakpo is a Pentecostal Christian. He has said, "I try to read the Bible every day, I pray every day, I like to go to church, and I read many books about the faith".
- As of match played 15 March 2023
|Club||Season||League||National cup[a]||League cup[b]||Europe||Other||Total|
|Jong PSV||2016–17||Eerste Divisie||2||0||—||—||—||—||2||0|
- ^ Includes KNVB Cup, FA Cup
- ^ Includes EFL Cup
- ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
- ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, nine appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
- ^ a b c Appearance in Johan Cruyff Shield
- ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- ^ Six appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, four appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League, five appearances and three goals in UEFA Europa Conference League
- ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, five appearances and three goals in UEFA Europa League
- As of match played 9 December 2022
- As of match played 9 December 2022
- Scores and results list the Netherlands' goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Gakpo goal.
|1||4 September 2021||Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands||3||Montenegro||4–0||4–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|2||14 June 2022||De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands||7||Wales||2–0||3–2||2022–23 UEFA Nations League A|||
|3||22 September 2022||Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland||8||Poland||1–0||2–0||2022–23 UEFA Nations League A|||
|4||21 November 2022||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, Qatar||10||Senegal||1–0||2–0||2022 FIFA World Cup|||
|5||25 November 2022||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||11||Ecuador||1–0||1–1||2022 FIFA World Cup|||
|6||29 November 2022||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar||12||Qatar||1–0||2–0||2022 FIFA World Cup|||
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- ^ "PSV cruise to a 5–1 win over NS Mura". PSV. 24 September 2020.
- ^ "Rosenborg BK – PSV" (in Dutch). PSV. 26 August 2014.
- ^ "PSV VS. AJAX 2–1". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
- ^ "Gakpo stars as PSV hit seven past Volendam". Football Oranje. 31 August 2022.
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- ^ "Late goals give Dutch victory over Senegal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
- ^ "Valencia scores as Ecuador draw with Netherlands". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
- ^ "Gakpo nets again as Dutch beat Qatar to top group". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
- ^ "Cody Gakpo: 'I try to transfer the lessons from my church to others as best I can'". Netherlands Posts English. 8 December 2022. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
- ^ Wise, Talia (9 December 2022). "Dutch Stars Depay, Gakpo Stand for Christ During FIFA World Cup: 'We Are Thankful to God'". Retrieved 29 December 2022.
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- ^ "Netherlands vs. Montenegro 4–0: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- ^ "Netherlands vs. Wales 3–2: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- ^ "Poland vs. Netherlands 0–2: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- ^ "Senegal vs. Netherlands 0–2: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- ^ "Netherlands vs. Ecuador 1–1: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- ^ "Netherlands vs. Qatar 2–0: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- ^ "PSV KAMPIOEN". Fox Sports (in Dutch) – via YouTube.
- ^ "PSV verrast Ajax met twee goals vlak na rust en wint KNVB-beker". Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 17 April 2022. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
- ^ "Super Cup". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
- ^ "Ajax – PSV". PSV. 30 July 2022. Retrieved 30 July 2022.
- ^ "Cody Gakpo voetballer van het jaar: 'Heel trots'". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 17 May 2022.
- ^ "Cody Gakpo named as Eredivisie Player of the Month for September". Eredivisie. 30 September 2022. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
- ^ "Cody Gakpo is the Eredivisie Player of the Month for the second month running". Eredivisie. 4 November 2022. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
- Profile at the Liverpool F.C. website
- Profile at the Royal Dutch Football Association website (in Dutch)
- Cody Gakpo – UEFA competition record (archive)