Takumi Minamino could get his first Premier League start for Liverpool in nearly a year later today. The Japan international is playing well at the moment.
Takumi Minamino has had a strange Liverpool career. He arrived just as Covid-19 was about to tear things apart, shutting down football two months after he joined the Reds.
The forward also joined a team that was incredibly well-gelled. They were dominating the Premier League, everyone was doing well, and Minamino didn’t really get a look-in.
That didn’t change very much the following season. Injuries, in fact, forced Jurgen Klopp to look to his most dependable players at every turn. Minamino, then, sat on the bench.
He did get a couple of starts, though. The last of which came on December 19th last year at Crystal Palace.
Minamino stepped into the XI in place of Mohamed Salah and the Reds won 7-0. The 26-year-old actually scored Liverpool’s opener just three minutes in.
A little over a month later, however, he was off on loan to Southampton. He’s returned to much of the same this season, rarely getting starts.
Minamino did get one against Porto, however, and we wonder if Klopp may give him another against his former club.
Minamino could get Premier League start
It sounds as though Klopp may rotate against the Saints. At the very least, he admits some worry over those who played against Porto.
Going from Wednesday to Saturday, he says, can bring fitness issues.
Now, Minamino did play Wednesday, much like Salah and Sadio Mane. The difference, though, is that the latter two will almost certainly start Liverpool’s next game against Everton on Wednesday.
Minamino almost certainly won’t. He can afford to run himself into the ground against the Saints, whereas Salah & Mane maybe can’t. Not after playing against Porto, anyway.
Diogo Jota will almost certainly come into the side but we’re not sure it’s in place of Minamino. If Klopp truly is worried about fitness, using the Japan international to keep Salah and Mane a little more fresh makes sense.
It would be his first Premier League start for Liverpool since that 7-0 win over Palace. If he does get the nod, fingers crossed we can see a repeat performance.