Minamino spots immediate room for improvement after Liverpool glimpses

Date published: Friday 31st January 2020 11:32

Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino has said that he is working on becoming more aggressive in his play, after showing glimpses of his talent since his arrival.

Having joined earlier in the January transfer window from RB Salzburg for £7.25m, Minamino made his Reds debut in the FA Cup third-round win against Everton.

A Premier League debut followed in the 2-1 win over Wolves, as the Japan international came on to replace the injured Sadio Mane.

Minamino was then handed more FA Cup action in the 2-2 draw with Shrewsbury Town, playing 85 minutes in Shropshire.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, the 25-year-old reflected on his performance in the fourth-round clash and targeted a clear improvement to his game.

“Yes, because I am an attacking player I have to show my attitude that I always go for shots and goals, and this is what I meant. I should have done that.”

Minamino also reflected on his first month at Liverpool, insisting that he is not surprised by the intensity of the Premier League.

He said: “Liverpool is a top-class team. Even in training I can see the very high quality and in the games we don’t feel like losing. But the resilience of the team, I am feeling that much stronger than before I joined.

“I’m getting used to the city and I’m getting used to the team as well. I have been enjoying this moment and I would love to keep doing so in the future.

 

 

“It is characteristic that English football has got very high intensity and is very physically tough, but that is what I expected and I have to adapt to it as quickly as possible and then I have to start playing in this style.”

Liverpool sit 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League table heading into Saturday’s clash with Southampton.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side defeated Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side 2-1 earlier in the season, courtesy of goals from Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Ahead of the game, Hasenhuttl admitted that his players could face a tough afternoon at Anfield.

He said: “If you want to take something, we must be mentally better than them, which is not so easy, and tactically also.

“Liverpool is also very committed and organised team, so it is the biggest challenge you can imagine in football at the moment – but this is exactly what we want to do and are thankful for this (challenge).”

 

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