Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his frustration to not have Cody Gakpo available for the Brentford match as the Dutch international prepares to complete his transfer to Liverpool, Voetbal International reports.
Gakpo, 23, has officially signed for the Premier League club but the transfer will not be complete until New Year’s Day and will not be available until work permits and paperwork have been finalised meaning he could well miss out on the trip to the Brentford Community Stadium.
Klopp remains optimistic but accepts the fact the former PSV Eindhoven player will likely make his debut later on in the month.
He said: “There is a chance, but not really. I’m not very positive that it’s going to happen.”
In England players need a special work permit and this paperwork often takes a long time to arrive. Gakpo will therefore have to focus on the cup match against Wolverhampton Wanderers (January 7) or the league match against Brighton & Hove Albion (January 14).
Klopp is disappointed that Gakpo is not yet available, because he sees the potential in the Dutch international. It is more than likely he will make his debut for his new club in the FA Cup against Wolves and then his Premier League debut against Brighton & Hove Albion.
He added: “He’s a very good player. The picture is very interesting with the potential he has and with what he has already shown. This is great for us, but also for him.”