Jurgen Klopp resists Cody Gakpo vs. Darwin Nunez narrative – “That’s the job”

Gakpo offered a reminder of his qualities as he scored twice and hit the post to help the Reds to a 4-0 victory that sent them through to the Europa League knockout stages.

Thursdays game gave the Dutchman a rare chance to shine in the centre-forward role, with his outings there having been restricted of late thanks to the emergence of Nunez as Klopps preferred option.

However, when asked if Gakpo may have changed that status quo given the impressive nature of his performance, his manager replied: No, it is not about that, the boys dont have to convince me in the games.

This is my squad, this my team, and they play. If somebody is not in extremely awful shape and you think, my God what is going on with him? and that didnt happen for a long, long time then we just decide for the game and these kind of things.

This is the most intense period in world football coming up now, thats how it is, for all the teams. So they will all play.

We have already Diogo not in so that is not helpful, and so we have to share these minutes with different players. They have to perform, not always 90 but 60/70 and full throttle, thats how it is.

Darwin is in a top moment and that didnt change. [He is] super important for us and that he didnt start [vs. LASK] has nothing to do with anything else.

Now Cody scored twice, fantastic, does that mean he has to play the next five games in a row? Other players score as well, its not about that, and Cody doesnt expect that.

They have to score, thats the job, thats what they want, but its not that I now have sleepless nights and dont know how to start. Its not that much [of] a choice, to be honest.

So far this season, Gakpo has six goals and one assist, while Nunez has contributed seven times on the scoresheet and has six assists.