Takumi Minamino admits regret over role in Liverpool’s title triumph

Takumi Minamino has admitted he harbours regrets over his role in Liverpool's Premier League title triumph after failing to score or assist in any of his 10 appearances.

The Japanese forward only moved to Anfield in January before the season was then suspended in March.

He had found it difficult to adjust to life in England prior to the break as Jurgen Klopp drip-fed him into action.

In fairness to Minamino though, eight of his appearances came as a substitute, while he averaged a total of less than 25 minutes of playing time per performance over the 10 games.

Nevertheless, the former Red Bull Salzburg star was disappointed not to have contributed more in Liverpool's momentous season.

"We could win the league and I am so happy I could experience that", Minamino told Super Soccer in Japan. "But I wanted to have goals or assists.

"I pay a lot of attention to them, so it's regrettable that I couldn't achieve it."

The 25-year-old is still yet to get off the mark for Liverpool though Klopp seemingly intends to use Minamino more in the season to come.

Asked about his lack of productivity in front of goal, Klopp told reporters: "With the goalscoring, he was really unlucky. He could have scored 2-3 times already.

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“It’s all good. Things just need time. We have a really strong football team, and it is not easy to come in.

“The only thing you can do is train really well on a high level, and that’s what Taki is doing."

Klopp has already given Minamino the ultimate show of faith by urging him to play how he feels comfortable.

The Liverpool boss was a key factor in Minamino making the £7.25m switch from Salzburg, and the new arrival even sought advice from former Man Utd player and compatriot Shinji Kagawa.

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"Yes, I said 'What do you think?' when I was still thinking, I was still thinking because there were other options so…which club I can't tell you!" Minamino explained.

"Kagawa said 'He [Klopp] is a manager who has a good understanding of players'.

"I wanted to listen to the words of Kagawa, who was together with Klopp."

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