Jurgen Klopp Reveals Plans Over Minamino's Liverpool Future

Takumi Minamino has somehow disappointed since tying down a €7.5 million move to Liverpool last January.

Jurgen Klopp has been hesitant to hand him starts, mostly utilising him on a rotational basis.

Minamino started in a midfield three of Naby Keita and Leighton Clarkson in the 1-1 Champions League draw against Midtjylland. He was tasked with going forward and supporting the attack, a role he played in against Brighton as well. Klopp singled him out for praise following the game on Wednesday night.

Klopp said: “Two different halves, completely different. I liked the football we played in the first half, especially with the so-much-changed team we had tonight.

“The way we played, the way the boys adapted, not to forget that Takumi Minamino played now only the second time in that position – once in Brighton, which was a different game, and tonight it looked already much better.

“I really like the football we played first half, we had really big… if it’s not a chance then nearly a chance, I’m not sure what is the English word for that. But we had a lot of these moments which we could have used in a better way and that was good.”

“Big chances which we could have used better. We wanted to build but it didn’t work out.”

Minamino had netted the ball but his goal was disallowed by VAR, leaving Klopp frustrated. He added, “I haven’t seen it back but it took too long and it was really cold. It’s really hard. I used to be one of the people who said VAR is a good idea but I’m not sure I’d say that again.”

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