Former Liverpool forward suggests Cody Gakpo should be released and Ivan Toney should be signed

Former Liverpool forward suggests Cody Gakpo should be released and Ivan Toney should be signed Transfers

Brentford midfielder Ivan Toney was suspended from football-related activities at the end of last season for violating betting rules.

The eight-month suspension, which lasted until January 17 of this year, will be reinstated for the Premier League match against Nottingham Forest on January 21.

The 27-year-old striker has the leaping ability to play in the post, as well as the foot skills to work with others.

He also has the ability to score in front of goal, and has an impressive record of 68 goals and 21 assists in 124 games for Brentford.

Former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore is a great admirer of the ability of the Northampton forward, who also made his debut for the England national team in 2023.

He argued that his old club should sell Dutch international Cody Gakupo and acquire the player.

“For me, if Liverpool decided to come calling, that would be perfect. I know they already have an embarrassment of riches in forward areas but if any of them were offloaded in the coming months, the Brentford star could be a great addition. I rate Toney so highly that I could see him in between Salah and Diaz.”

“Liverpool will likely look at him and say ‘Not for us’ but if I was the Reds, I would genuinely be inclined to let Gakpo go, who I don’t think will go on to become a prolific Liverpool striker, and replace him with Toney. If they offered Brentford cash and Gakpo, I wonder if the Bees would go for that?”

“Toney would add something significant to Liverpool as he can play as a traditional nine, he can drop off and he has proven with Mbeumo that he can forge partnerships. For me, I would be giving Brentford a call.”


It is said that Arsenal, who are looking for a striker who can score goals, are keen on the 27-year-old forward, and the possibility of a move in the near future cannot be ruled out.

With a contract that runs through June 2025, will the player take the next step up the ladder?