Liverpool fans have been reassured that new signing Takumi Minamino will work his way into the Reds’ first-team squad and show his quality, but he needs time. Minamino joined from RB Salzburg in January, and the Austrian side’s manager Jesse Marsch has discussed the Japanese attacker and claims he can play in any position across the team’s front line.
Minamino has had a slow start to life at Anfield.
The 25-year-old became Liverpool’s first and only signing of the January window when he joined the Premier League leaders for £7.5million after the Reds triggered his release clause.
He had enjoyed a strong first half of the season in Austria, bagging five goals and providing six assists in 14 league games.
He also chipped in with two goals and three assists in the Champions League for Marsch’s side, proving his worth to the team by playing in a host of positions.
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But since making the switch to Liverpool, he has failed to continue with that rich vein of form.
Minamino has only featured three times in the Premier League for the Reds, coming off the bench each time.
He has, however, started three FA Cup games and has impressed whenever he’s played.
And Marsch believes the 25-year-old will soon become one of Jurgen Klopp’s key players going forward.
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Speaking on ESPN FC, the Salzburg boss sang the praises of Minamino and revealed what he has heard about his Liverpool training sessions.
“When I came [from New York Red Bulls], I knew he was going to be a big part of what we were about. He’s smart, very clever,” Marsch said.
“He’s not pure explosive but he understands football, he understands how to make final plays and tactics.
“What you have in Liverpool is so many talented and experienced players that play ahead of him, so it might take a while for Taki to establish himself in that group.
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“I think over time, they’re going to figure out more and more and more that he can play almost any of the front six positions for Liverpool.
“Because he’s so smart and clever, he’ll figure things out and get better as he goes.
“I’ve heard that in training he’s done really well and they’ve [Liverpool coaches] been really impressed, but in games it just hasn’t come together for him.
“It might take a little bit of time, but knowing Taki he’s a guy who has so much drive and will find a way to get better every day. It’ll only be a matter of time.”
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