Liverpool youngster headed in a different direction under Klopp
Takumi Minamino has struggled to establish himself in Jurgen Klopp’s plans since joining Liverpool nearly 12 months ago.
The Japanese international joined the Premier League champions for a reported fee of only seven million pounds in a deal which was labeled as a ‘robbery’ by Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch.
His impressive display against Liverpool last season was one of the key factors for Liverpool deciding to bolster their attack during the January Transfer window.
Although signed in as a backup to Roberto Firmino, Klopp has hinted he sees the 25-year-old as a midfield option rather than an offensive one.
Minamino has gone further down the order after Liverpool splashed forty million pounds on Diogo Jota who has hit the ground running from the very first day at the club. Jota’s arrival has seen him play only three hundred thirty minutes of Premier League and Champions League football this season.
Notably, his pair of full-game appearances have not come in the forward line, but in midfield, where the boss feels he might be a more regular option in the future.
Injury problems at the club which has seen the likes of Thiago, Keita, Oxlade Chamberlain, and Henderson missing the majority of the games this season prompted the Liverpool manager to play Minamino in the midfield. He has so far not disappointed and it could very well be the position where he excels.
Minamino who has scored three goals this season was tasked to go forward from the midfield and support the front three last night against Midtjylland, where he had found a last gasp winner only for VAR to rule it out.
It was the second time Minamino was given the role, the first coming against Brighton which saw Klopp taking him off in the 60th minute but Klopp singled out Minamino and his improvement in a hint that he could persist with him in that role moving forwards.
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