Takumi Minamino’s future remains uncertain at Anfield. The 26-year-old has had a tough time with Liverpool since arriving in the pandemic last year. Takumi Minamino looks to impress the boss next month when the pre-season underways from July 12.
What has been said
“I don’t know what will happen, but for now, for the preseason, I’d like to go back to Liverpool and do my best there,” Minamino told Atsuto Uchida.
“I don’t know what will happen, but for now, for the preseason, I’d like to go back to Liverpool and do my best there.”
“It was a season in which various situations changes, so it was difficult but it was a fulfilling season,” he added when reflecting on the year gone by.
“I’ve always come abroad to play at a high level and I feel that I’m growing every day there.”
Takumi Minamino’s record at Liverpool
Takumi Minamino arrived in Anfield in January 2020 from Red Bull Salzburg after the Reds paid his release clause of £7.5M. The attacking midfielder scored 42 goals in 136 appearances in the German club. Since arriving in Anfield, the Japanese found the net 4 times in 31 appearances for the Reds. He opened his account in The Premier League against Crystal Palace when they faced a 7-0 loss in their home. He later scored a goal in the Community Shield final against Arsenal.
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Liverpool struggled with the defensive problems in January 2021. Minamino struggled in the first 12 months of his arrival in Anfield. The 26-year-old found regular game time difficult to come by. He spent the second half of the season on loan at St. Mary’s. Minamino was sent on loan to Southampton in February to raise funds to bring young defenders in the squad. He scored twice in 10 games for the Saints.
The Liverpool boss said in February, after sanctioning his loan move: “Takumi is a long-term project, always was”.
“We see a lot of potential in Takumi Minamino and it makes absolute sense for him to play maybe 17 games in the Premier League, and then he comes back in a different mindset, confidence level all these kinds of things so I hope it is a win-win situation”.
“He just has to enjoy football again there. He’s an outstanding professional, a top talent and a really, really good player so it’s all good.”
Takumi Minamino has a summer break in hand after being left out of Japan’s squad in the Olympics. With the pre-season beginning from July 12, Minamino has the chance to prove his worth and earn his spot in the front.