The Japanese attacking midfielder technically only completed his move to Anfield officially on January 1 after a £7.25 million deal was agreed with Red Bull Salzburg, but the 24-year-old was thrown into today’s Merseyside Derby right from the start.
As we told you at the time, Klopp elected to field a team largely of teenagers and fringe players, but used the 1-0 victory over the Reds’ city rivals as the perfect opportunity to give Minamino an introduction to English football.
Speaking via the official Liverpool website, Klopp said of his newest recruit’s display: “Super, outstanding. Exactly the player we wanted, exactly the player we wished for.
“Your first game in a team you don’t know, if it’s a settled team it’s already difficult – this team we threw more or less on the pitch with two sessions together.
“And then showing this kind of game understanding, football skills are exceptional, attitude is outstanding, led the chasing pack so often in different situations, which I loved.
“He didn’t look tired, but because we don’t know him that long we just wanted to save him a little bit, so took him off.
“It was a nice add-on to have Oxlade back, he looked pretty lively when he came on. He trained only one day, two days now, and that’s why he didn’t start. Super.”
With the likes Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino to compete with, Minamino will have his work cut-out getting a regular game, but what did you think of his first outing, and Klopp’s comments?
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