Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino has refused to accept his lack of game time as a suitable excuse in his quest for self-improvement at Anfield.
Having moved to Merseyside from RB Salzburg in January, the Japan international has made only six appearances – three each in the Premier League and FA Cup – and only one start.
Minamino‘s most recent appearance came on Tuesday as the Reds were dumped out of the FA Cup by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, the 25-year-old assessed his performances to date by claiming that he is looking to contribute more goals and assists when he is handed game time by manager Jurgen Klopp.
“In the last three months there have been areas which I’m quite happy about,” Minamino said.
“But personally I would love to contribute more to goals and assists – I’m feeling very hungry about that.
“I don’t really know how much I still need to learn. But day by day, I’m feeling that I understand his [Klopp’s] philosophies and I’m getting better.”
While Minamino may have struggled for game time in an attack boasting the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, he is refusing to accept that as an excuse.
“I have to show results. I think this is very important in order to win trust from the teammates and trust from the supporters,” he added.
“I think this is a very important thing that I have to achieve.
“I have been in this club for three months and I haven’t played many games and my playing time is not that much – but this is not a good excuse.
“In order to appeal to my teammates and [for them to] understand what I’m good at, I have to do what I really need to do.”
Liverpool head into Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth looking to bounce back, having lost three of their last four matches.
However, full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed that – as always – Klopp’s message remains that their next game is always the most important.