Liverpool’s new forward Cody Gakpo has struggled since moving to Anfield in January and has joined an unwanted club after failing to score in his first six games.
The 23-year-old Dutchman joined the Reds from PSV Eindhoven for an initial £35m after impressing during the World Cup at the end of last year.
He’s highly rated and Jurgen Klopp’s side fought off tough competition to capture him, but things haven’t gone to plan since his arrival.
The Netherlands international is still in search of his debut goal and has now joined an unwanted list of forwards who have taken the longest amount of time to score their first goal for the club.
According to the Liverpool Echo, only nine players since 1945/46 have experienced a longer drought in front of goal.
However, Gakpo isn’t in bad company with Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane and Ian Rush sitting alongside him.
Rush is Liverpool’s all-time leading goal scorer with 346 goals but it took him 10 games to get his first for the Merseyside giants.
It proves that not all hope is lost Gakpo and if he starts scoring then he can help turn Liverpool’s fortunes around.
Not scoring has affected him
The Dutchman has admitted that not scoring is having an effect on him and isn’t hiding the fact that his start to life at Liverpool hasn’t gone to plan.
Speaking to the Mail, he said: “I’m an attacking player so I like to score goals and give assists,’ he says emphatically.
“When you don’t, anyone would be lying if they said it didn’t affect them.
“You are judged on that so it’s something I need to get back as quickly as possible.
“It would be amazing to come into a team that won every game but I don’t think it’s bad to come into this situation. During times like this you improve things you don’t know about yourself.
“We know we have to improve and start winning. We have so much quality but we all have to step up as a team.”
The Reds sit 10th in the league table and are 11 points off fourth-placed Newcastle United.
They’ve had a nightmare season so far and need players like Gakpo to start performing if they are to have any hope of climbing the table.