This Tuesday night we saw Liverpool crash out of the FA Cup after a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge. The Reds were thoroughly beaten by Frank Lampard’s side with the hosts fully deserving their victory. Speaking to the press after the game, Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool should have ‘used’ Takumi Minamino ‘much more’.
Minamino was signed during the January transfer window. The Reds paid RB Salzburg £7.25m for the Japanese forward.
The Asian star had impressed in his two games against Liverpool in the Champions League group stage, even netting a goal for the Austrians at Anfield.
He has, as of yet, failed to hit the ground running but there are no alarm bells ringing, it’ll be quite a while before we start asking questions of him.
The January signing’s FA Cup appearance at Chelsea was his third start for his new club.
Speaking after the game, Jürgen Klopp (as quoted by The Metro), praised his latest addition:
“Takumi (Minamino) had a really good game. We could have used him much more often.
“If Neco (Williams) sees him once or twice he was completely free at the edge [of the box], he shot the cross more or less. If he’d seen him it would have helped.’
What RTK has to say
We may have been a touch over critical of Takumi ourselves.
Whilst Minamino’s first touch was often too heavy and wasn’t aggressive enough in the tackle, he was regularly picking up strong positions on the pitch and if he had been found more regularly then perhaps he could have made more of a difference.
Only time and experience will help the ex-Salzburg man settle in, he just needs to see more of the ball in future so that he can have a greater impact on the game.