Jurgen Klopp has heralded Liverpool star Takumi Minamino for his goal last night, adding that he’s even better in training.
The Reds moved into the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 win away to Preston North End.
After a goalless first half, it was Minamino who fired Liverpool ahead after the break.
It wasn’t a brilliant performance by Klopp’s side overall, but the Japan international was one of the few who showed real purpose in going forward.
Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: “Taki’s problem is… actually, there is no problem apart from the other players in his positions are really good and thank God for us they are not injured. That’s it. Taki is absolutely fine, Taki is an outstanding moment, training-wise much better than he showed tonight but he was the most dangerous player and scores a goal.”
Minamino’s performance is all the better when you connsider the context.
The former Salzburg attacker, a £7.2 million signing almost two years ago, hasn’t kicked a ball in the Premier League for Liverpool this season.
This competition is the only time he plays and considering he was the Reds’ sharpest attacker tonight, it’s even more impressive.
Unfortunately for him, Minamino, as Klopp intimated, has ridiculous competition.
As a wide player, he just isn’t going to play ahead of Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota or Mohamed Salah.
Really, in failing to leave Anfield during the summer transfer window, he resigned himself to being a bit-part player under the German manager this season.
But the Merseysiders are still in this competition and given his performances up until now [three goals in two League Cup outings] he’s probably going to start the next round, too.
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