Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton and Liverpool recently met over Takumi Minamino. The playmaker is currently on loan from the Reds.
Ralph Hasenhuttl admits Liverpool met with Southampton recently to discuss Takumi Minamino. It comes after a spell where the player struggled to get into his team.
In fact, before starting against Leicester City last night, Minamino had spent four of the last five Southampton games on the bench. He just wasn’t getting in the team.
He hadn’t played Premier League minute since mid-March and Minamino has zero goals or assists since February 20th. His loan spell isn’t going particularly well right now.
Despite that, Hasenhuttl is adamant that Liverpool are ‘not unhappy’ with the situation.
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“We had communications this week, somebody here in our club to take a look at him, we discussed his position, discussed his development, and they were absolutely not unhappy,” he said, per Hampshire Live.
“He has got a lot of time to play so far. He’s not had so much in the last two games, but I’m sure in the last six games he will also get chances to play.”
The Minamino problem
Minamino will return to Liverpool this summer and at this rate, the Reds won’t know what to do with him. The plan isn’t working out.
Liverpool got £500k for this deal, as well as having Southampton cover his wages. But neither will have been the reason for the move.
They will have wanted Minamino to go to a Premier League side and finally adapt to the league. He simply wasn’t getting enough opportunities to do so at Anfield and here was a chance to make things click.
Then Minamino would return to Liverpool where the Reds could either finally integrate him properly or sell him on after a promising Premier League spell.
At this rate, however, neither will happen. Minamino is suffering the exact same problems he suffered with Liverpool – struggling to get into the team.
It’s one thing to do that at the champions, another to struggle with a side in 14th. We do wonder what Minamino’s stock will be like come the summer.
As Hasenhuttl says, though, there are games left. Some solid performances from the player and things could quickly turn around.
As things stand, however, it’s difficult to know what to do with Minamino once the season ends. Perhaps another loan as Liverpool try again to get him Premier League-ready?
It’s hardly ideal but may be the safest option.