Jurgen Klopp admits Takumi Minamino is start of a new Liverpool era
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Jurgen Klopp admits Takumi Minamino is start of a new Liverpool era

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Takumi Minamino is the first step in the Liverpool rebuild.

Talking to ESPN, Klopp spoke of his desire to rebuild the team so any successor doesn’t have to. This current crop won’t last forever, after all, and the boss’s new contract means he’ll be the one who needs to do it.

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Klopp mentioned that Minamino, whose £7.25m signing Liverpool confirmed this week, is step-one in that rebuild.

“It’s not reshaping, but Taki is for sure a player who can help us immediately in the short term and the long term, from an age perspective,” Klopp added.

“He’s already really good. Everyone could see when we played Salzburg. But still [there is] potential there to become even better.”

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Minamino is 24, so he should be approaching his prime by the time most of the current crop are over 30. Players like this are absolutely vital to any rebuild.

He’ll create a bridge between this hugely successful team and the one Liverpool hope comes after it. For that, you need players in their prime with experience in successful teams like this one.

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That allows younger players – and new signings – to integrate better. Klopp’s hope then, will be that Minamino can play a similar role to the one Roberto Firmino has played.

Firmino has been a consistent presence throughout Klopp’s time at Liverpool, leading the line and setting an example on the pitch. If Minamino clicks at Liverpool, he could do the same.

So this is the first signing with that rebuild in mind. Liverpool will certainly plan to have Alisson, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold remaining in their next side but in terms of buying with that in mind, Minamino is the start of a new era at Anfield.

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