James Milner 'delighted' for Takumi Minamino after Liverpool vs Norwich

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James Milner 'delighted' for Takumi Minamino after Liverpool vs Norwich

James Milner had nothing but praise for Liverpool teammate Takumi Minamino for his display against Norwich City. The Japan international bagged both goals.

Liverpool squeezed past Norwich City in the end with a 2-1 win at Anfield. It pushes them into the next round of the FA Cup – but it wasn’t as emphatic as it once looked.

The Reds led 2-0 at half-time but dropped their tempo dramatically in the second half. Fortunately, Norwich weren’t able to create more chances, only pulling one back and forcing Alisson into a single quality save.

And so the game ended with a clear Man of the Match for Liverpool in Takumi Minamino. He scored both goals for the Reds, capitalising on space in the box with two fine finishes.

His first was from close range after good work by Divock Origi. The second was an outstanding finish as he sliced the ball beautifully in off the post after a corner.

That’s now nine goals this season across all competitions for a player who, really, has barely played. It’s enough for James Milner to hail Minamino and everything he’s brought.

“He just carries on. Every single day he’s at that level,” Milner told ITV. “He’s brilliant in training, great temperament, no matter what’s happening.

“You can rely on him. He keeps bagging goals and important goals. I’m delighted for him.”

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Takumi Minamino catches the eye for Liverpool

Minamino recently said he’s ‘not satisfied’ with his Liverpool career so far and he’s fixing that in the best way. He’s scoring goals in every competition and – as Milner says – some of them have been incredibly important.

His two here see Liverpool’s FA Cup dream stay alive. His late equaliser against Leicester City was the most important goal in the victorious EFL Cup campaign.

Perhaps Minamino can become a fixture at Liverpool, after all. He’s finally on the right path.

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