Please Wait . . .

'We didn't give him enough chances' - Klopp explains why Liverpool let Minamino join Southampton on loan
Mode Gelap
Liga Teratas

'We didn't give him enough chances' - Klopp explains why Liverpool let Minamino join Southampton on loan

02-Feb-2021, 09:14 pm

Takumi Minamino Liverpool 2020-21

Jurgen Klopp has explained Liverpool's decision to loan Takumi Minamino to Southampton, admitting he didn't give the Japan star enough chances to shine at Anfield this season.

Signed from Salzburg last January, Minamino has made 31 appearances for the Reds since. Only 12 of those, however, have been starts, and only four of those starts have been in the Premier League.

His last came at Crystal Palace in December, when he scored his first Premier League goal, and Liverpool's opener, in a 7-0 win. Since then, and despite the champions' form dipping dramatically after Christmas, he has been limited to just six minutes in the league.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Klopp explained the thinking behind allowing him out on loan.

"We really thought about it," he said. "Takumi is an incredibly good player. We didn’t give him enough chances, that is the truth.

"Sometimes for different reasons. Sometimes it was just the size when defending set-pieces, because we were not tall enough. These kind of things make the difference why one player plays and another does not.

"There were not a lot of clubs where I thought it made a lot of sense but Southampton is one. He is there for 17 games. If he stays fit I think there is a good chance for him to play all 17 games which helps everybody.

"The only thing he was lacking was a couple of games in a row. That is difficult here. I would have loved to keep him just to have the option, but in the end Takumi is a long-term project, he always was. We see a lot of potential in him and so it absolutely makes sense he gets out and hopefully plays 17 games, then comes back in a different mindset and confidence level. I hope it is a win-win situation."

Minamino could make his debut against Manchester United on Tuesday evening having completed the necessary paperwork in time.

"He just has to enjoy football again there," Klopp added."He is an outstanding professional, top talent, really good player.

"But the problem is we have a really good squad. My job is to make decisions based on what I imagine could be the outcome in the game. The people fighting for a place with him were in a really good shape, Shaqiri when he came back was in really good shape and we all know what Divock did in the past.

"Sometimes, as I said before, just the size can make a difference. It didn’t often work out that Taki could play or come on, and that’s 100 per cent my fault as well. But we both think now, Taki and I, that we can sort that by playing him 17 times in the Premier League.


Source : goal.com

Recommended News :

Betting

James Maddison Harvey Barnes Leicester 2020-21

Leicester City vs Slavia Prague Betti...

It is all to play for in the Europa League when Leicester City host Slavia Pr...
Saka Arsenal Benfica 2021

Arsenal vs Benfica Betting Tips: Late...

Arsenal will be looking to book their place in the last-16 of the Europa Leag...
Fernandes Manchester United 2021

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad Be...

Manchester United welcome Real Sociedad to Old Trafford on Thursday evening w...
Lionel Messi Barcelona 2020-21

Barcelona vs Elche Betting Tips: Late...

Ronald Koeman's Barcelona side welcome Elche to Camp Nou on Wednesday in a re...
Benzema Real Madrid 2021

Atalanta vs Real Madrid Betting Tips:...

Real Madrid travel to Bergamo to face Atalanta on Wednesday evening in the fi...

Transfer

Erling Haaland Dortmund 2020-21

Dortmund director Zorc disagrees with...

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc disagrees with Mino Raiola...
PSG's Moise Kean celebrates goal vs Saint-Etienne, Ligue 1, 2020-21

'It's very complicated' - PSG unsure ...

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has admitted that a permanent ...
Thierry Henry Montreal 2020

Henry steps down as CF Montreal manag...

Thierry Henry has stepped down as manager of MLS side CF Montreal for family ...
David Luiz Arsenal

'I would love it' - Portugal legend G...

Benfica legend Nuno Gomes wants to see David Luiz return to the club before h...
Anthony Martial Manchester United 2020-21

Is time running out for Martial at Ma...

Rewind just over a year,and doubts over Anthony Martial's suitability to be M...
image-top-scroll
`