Takumi Minamino finally has a chance to show what he can do when Liverpool take on Southampton. The Saints will travel to Anfield for Saturday.
Liverpool have only signed one senior player this season. That’s Minamino, who arrived on January 1st for £7.25m from RB Salzburg.
His signing brought about quite a bit of hype, given the lack of signings in the summer and his performances against Liverpool in the Champions League.
We saw him as a potential signing after that first game back in October. Minamino always looked impressive and exactly the type of player Liverpool could do with.
But a month after his arrival, we haven’t seen anything to get very excited by. Minamino has only played three times and all in difficult circumstances.
Firstly, there was his debut against Everton in the FA Cup. It was at Anfield, sure, but Minamino had his first Liverpool start surrounded by kids. It was always going to be tough – he barely knew anyone.
His second game wasn’t easy, either. Minamino came off the bench at Wolves but it was a very difficult game. He played several positions at a difficult place to go against a good side. Never going to be easy.
Then came a trip to Shrewsbury Town, again surrounded by kids. We can’t really judge him from that, either.
So the game at Anfield against Southampton actually represents a good chance to see what Minamino can do. It’s a home game and one that Liverpool should win. The first-team will certainly play and it’s an opportunity to have him play a role he knows while surrounded by composed players.
Hopefully, if Jurgen Klopp gives him the nod, Minamino can finally give us a glimpse of his talent on Saturday.