Liverpool duo Cody Gakpo and Curtis Jones may face the wrath of Everton supporters after mocking Jordan Pickford. The Reds stars were ranking the club’s best cup goals in recent years, with Virgil van Dijk’s debut goal against the Toffees coming up among the contenders.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Fulham on Wednesday, which saw Jurgen Klopp’s side through to the Carabao Cup final, Gakpo and Jones were asked to rank the Reds’ best domestic cup strikes.
One of the clips involved Van Dijk rising above Pickford to head home on his Liverpool debut. In an FA Cup Merseyside derby in 2018, the Dutchman enjoyed a dream start to life at Anfield by scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory.
Pickford was too easily beaten to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s corner. It brought great amusement to Gakpo and Jones, who were incredulous that the England goalkeeper had failed to beat Van Dijk to the ball.
“What is the goalie doing, mate?” Gakpo laughed in the segment by ITV. A smirking Jones continued: “What’s he doing? What is he doing?”
The midfielder said: “Look at the size of him. To me, I would put it down as average because the size of him, you would expect him to win headers in there. But because it’s Everton and it’s his first game…”
Gakpo interjected: “I think it’s a good goal, mate.”
The exchange is an example of the excellent camaraderie fostered at Liverpool this season. Klopp’s side are top of the Premier League, into the Carabao Cup final, and can reach the FA Cup fifth round with a win over Norwich on Sunday.
Liverpool have already dumped Arsenal out of the competition.
Klopp revealed that Norwich manager and close friend David Wagner has petitioned him to play a weakened team in the Anfield clash. Speaking about his relationship with former Huddersfield boss Wagner, the German revealed: “I enjoy a lot and we had already conversations about it. He asked me for massive rotation! I told him that doesn’t help, obviously!
“[He did a] really good job but a really difficult job. I think the start of the season was really good and then they lose more or less their offensive department and that’s when they struggled a bit.
“Now they are in touching distance of the play-off spots. They lost last night, I didn’t see anything about it yet, about the Leeds game. They obviously have big games coming up.”