Despite allowing Takumi Minamino to leave during the winter, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he has future plans for the Japanese.
Takumi Minamino could not feature in Southampton’s game against Liverpool on Saturday due to the terms of his loan deal. However, Jurgen Klopp has guaranteed that the Japanese will remain on a priority list for the future at Anfield. During the winter, the 26-year-old made his way to the Premier League rivals of the Reds. This transfer took place because the Merseyside club had additional players for deployment.
However, during his spell at Southampton, Minamino has registered two goals and played seven games already. If we look at his stats from Liverpool, he has scored four goals and only four other players have been able to beat him in that race. Besides that, Minamino has received more action on the field than the likes of Naby Keita, Divock Origi, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Klopp knows what’s best for him.
If all things are considered, it is clear that Klopp has some things planned for the Japan international in the future. Before Saturday’s clash against Southampton, the German boss told Liverpool’s official matchday programme of Minamino: “He’s done really well there and this is no surprise. When we allowed him to go in January it was a tough call to make. Because he is an important player for us and will be again in the future, no doubt.”
“But opportunities at that time had been short with us. And, therefore, going to play somewhere else made sense for him and us. Southampton was perfect because of how Ralph plays and what he demands from his players.”