Liverpool boss Klopp explains doubt over ‘super boy’ Minamino

Date published: Friday 24th January 2020 3:39

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Takumi Minamino’s debut in Thursday’s 2-1 win over Wolves “was a big step for him”, but is in doubt as to whether he can play two games in such a short space of time.

Minamino replaced the injured Sadio Mane in the 33rd minute and Klopp was impressed with the mentality of the January signing at Molineux.

On whether the Japan international will feature on the weekend at Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, the boss told a press conference: “With Taki we have to think about what we do exactly now because yesterday he played much longer than we thought.

“But yesterday night was a big step for him. For nobody yesterday on the pitch was it a game like where you have to shine and make your best game ever and stuff like this.

“When you come in as a new player in this kind of a battle and then showing up like he did, not with his skills – what he obviously has in different departments of the game – [but] with his mentality and character.

“He was fighting like crazy and closed gaps, was involved in a lot of situations. That was just a super start, to be honest.

“Is it his 100 per cent position? Yes, he can play that. How I said, he’s pretty versatile so he can play different positions. For yesterday night, it was exactly what he had to do and he did it. That was much more important than the next game.

“I have to see how he reacted now on the intensity of that game – I don’t know him long enough in this part, so we have to see. But each game helps for sure.

 

“He’s exactly the player we expected to get – super, super boy, super player.

“You saw so many things of his ability last night. This game last night was a proper fight and he was completely ready for that.

“For him, [it’s] still kind of a new environment with a new team and then really adapting. From a tactical point of view, it was an outstanding game. That’s what we see in training.

“In training then we see, of course, more of all the finishing stuff, the creating stuff. It’s just the player we wanted and now he’s ours.”

 

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