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'Fills you with confidence': Emile Heskey backs Takumi Minamino to kick on

Liverpool absolutely destroyed Crystal Palace before Christmas. The Reds demolished the South London side in their own backyard and there was plenty to be excited about when looking back at the game. One goal was particularly encouraging. Emile Heskey has backed Takumi Minamino to kick on after grabbing his first Premier League goal.

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Liverpool batter Crystal Palace

Liverpool utterly battered Crystal Palace in our last game before Christmas.

What an early Christmas present it was.

The Reds went to Selhurst Park and waltzed to a 7-0 victory.

Jürgen Klopp’s men put on a clinic in finishing. Whilst they’ve created more chances in other games they haven’t been as lethal in a while.

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Takumi Minamino kicked off the scoring after just three minutes.

The Japan international took a clever, extra touch in the box to fend of Nathaniel Clyne before firing in his first Premier League goal.

Emile Heskey on Takumi Minamino

Speaking exclusively to Rousing the Kop, Emile Heskey backed Takumi Minamino to kick on after netting his first Premier League goal.

The ex-Anfield forward believes that it was an encouraging moment for the Japan international:

“It fills you with confidence [scoring]. It’ll be something that he’s needed.

“The good thing is that [Klopp] has been able to rest players and others are coming in and taking their opportunities.

“It wasn’t an easy chance. When you’re in a tight space, can you really take a touch? You’ve got to be very good to take a touch in that tight space and get your shot off as well.

“It is testament to him and him wanting to do well and impress. I think he’s done enough but we’ve got so much going forward that it’s tough at times.”

What RTK has to say

Hopefully Emile Heskey is right about Takumi Minamino.

The Japan international hasn’t had many opportunities since joining from Red Bull Salzburg.

It is not that he’s disappointed, he just hasn’t had the chance to show us what he’s got.

Hopefully, now that the fixtures are piling up, we’ll start to see the very best of him.

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