Takumi Minamino is ‘not the finished product’ and ‘can only get better’, says Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders as he insists the attacker has a future at Anfield
- Takumi Minamino joined Liverpool from RB Salzburg in January 2020
- The attacker spent the second half of last season on loan at Southampton
- The Japan international was an unused substitute in five games for the Reds
- He registered goals in friendlies against Hertha Berlin and Osasuna
Liverpool assistant coach Pep Lijnders has said Takumi Minamino still has a future at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s right-hand man has claimed to be ‘enthusiastic’ about the Japan international, insisting he is ‘not the finished product’.
The 26-year-old made the move from RB Salzburg to Merseyside in January 2020 and quickly became a Premier League title winner.
Assistant coach Pep Lijnders has said that Takumi Minamino is ‘not the end product’
But Minamino spent the second half of last season on loan at Southampton, but progress at Anfield has been slow and only 31 games for the attacker under Klopp.
However, it could be time for Minamino to come out of the cold as Lijnders suggested he is ‘what Liverpool need’.
“Taki had a really good pre-season and I think it was very important for him after he went to Southampton, which was a good decision at the time,” the assistant coach told the coach. the official website of the club.
Jurgen Klopp’s (right) right-hand man Lijnders (left) has said Minamino has promise
“He came back and had a full, full pre-season with us in training. He impressed in the preparation, we were very enthusiastic about him. Then he had a little problem with the national team, but he’s back now. He was not 100 per cent fit because he came back early, but now he is ready to go and we are very happy to have him on our team.
Jurgen said, “Wow, the number of times Taki gets one-on-one against the keeper,” I said, “Yeah, it shows you don’t need super, super speed to get one-on-one with the keeper.” He’s a very natural, intelligent mover.
‘That’s what we need; we already needed it in the last games. He has good timing to catch up, good combination play when the players are close to him.
The Japan international spent the second half of last season on loan at Southampton
The 26-year-old scored in the Reds’ exhibition games against Hertha Berlin and Osasuna
“He can only get better. We love that, that’s why we brought him in at the time. Because we saw the potential, not the end product.’
Since returning from Saint Mary’s, Minamino has yet to play competitively for the Reds this season, despite having been on the bench for five of Liverpool’s six games.
But he could be lining up to make his first appearance this season when Liverpool travel to Norwich City in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
It took a while for Minamino to score a goal for the Reds, he eventually broke his duck in their 2020 Community Shield game against Arsenal and made two for the Saints last season.
He impressed during the pre-season, scoring in friendlies against Hertha Berlin and Osasuna and clearly caught the eye of Klopp and Lijnders on the training pitch.