Takumi Minamino describes winning Liverpool debut

Date published: Tuesday 7th January 2020 11:08

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Takumi Minamino described his Liverpool debut on Sunday as “one of the most intense matches I’ve played”.

The £7.25million arrival from Red Bull Salzburg had his first training session with his new team-mates last Tuesday but was not eligible for Thursday’s Premier League match at home to Sheffield United because of registration regulations.

However, Klopp threw him in for his full debut against Everton on Sunday and the Japan international delivered a hardworking performance for 70 minutes before being replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“I’m happy that now I’m a part of this team,” Minamino told the Japanese press pack at Anfield.

“It was probably one of the most intense matches I’ve played, but I knew the Premier League would be like that so I wasn’t surprised. The way we press aggressively, the way we press back, the way we use the space between lines is similar to Salzburg.

“But the system is not the same so I have to understand the difference and fit myself into this team. I think this is the best stadium for a footballer. The fans were great and I’m just glad we won.”

Klopp was delighted with he new recruit.

 

 

“Super, outstanding. Exactly the player we wanted, exactly the player we wished for,” Klopp said.

“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.”

The Reds boss also had warm words for matchwinner Curtis Jones, who scored a brilliant goal after 71 minutes to settle the tie.

“They played brave football. Unbelievable individual performances from the kids and the adults as well”, Klopp said.

“Adam Lallana – what a game, unbelievable. Joe Gomez – organising the whole defence for maybe the first time in his life.

“Sensational game and a sensational goal from a Scouser – who could ask for more? You cannot perform like the boys performed if you think you should not perform in that team.

“They all think like that. I am so happy they all showed up tonight. The only thing I didn’t want was a draw. We had to take some risks and it paid off.”

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