Fans blast Cody Gakpo for ‘blantant’ dive during Liverpool vs Man City
Cody Gakpo, a star for Liverpool, has come under fire from supporters after his failed attempt to win a penalty against Manchester City.
Liverpool travelled to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon in an effort to undermine City’s title hopes.
After Mohamed Salah’s early strike in the 17th minute, City responded 10 minutes later with a goal from Julian Alvarez.
In the second half, Liverpool put on a terrible performance as City increased the tempo. With goals from Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne, and Ilkay Gundogan, the hosts won 4-1 with relative ease.
Liverpool’s January signing Gakpo was ripped into by fans after his desperate attempt at winning a penalty when the Reds were 3-1 down in the 59th minute.
The Dutchman looked to capitalise on a mistake by City defender Manuel Akanji inside the penalty area. As Nathan Ake tried to tackle him, Gakpo took the opportunity to go down in a bid to deceive the referee.
However, Simon Hooper was unmoved as he waved away Gakpo’s appeal.
Fans immediately took to social media to hit out at the Liverpool forward.
One said: “This Gakpo dive should be shown from all angles now! What a cheat.”
Another tweeted: “Please, why on earth is Gakpo not booked for blatant dive?”
A third fan added: “Not often you see a dive as bad as Gakpo’s. Comical.”
Someone else wrote: “That’s pathetic by Gakpo. Should be a suspension for a dive that bad.”
Whilst a fifth commented: “Loool! That dive from Gakpo was embarrassing man!!”
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After the damning defeat by City, Liverpool will now have to dust themselves off ahead of another tough test against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Ahead of the match, Klopp said: “Tomorrow we will talk about it. We play Tuesday and we should play better. More consistent.”
Can Klopp turn things around at Liverpool? Only time will tell.