Klopp explains why Liverpool loaned Minamino to Southampton. Klopp Jurgen has explained the decision of Liverpool to loan Takumi Minamino to Southampton, accepting that he did not give enough opportunities to the japan star to shine this season at Anfield.
Minamino left late on the day of the deadline after the Saints were able to accept a short-term deal for the 26-year-old.
Southampton will pay a loan fee of £500,000, though Liverpool did not accept their request to put in an option to make the move abiding at the end of the campaign.
Signed from Salzburg from January 2020, Minamino has made approximately 31 appearances for the Reds since. However, only 12 of those have been starts, and only 4 of those starts have been in the Premier League.
His final game at Crystal Palace in December, when he scored his first Premier League goal, as well as Liverpool’s opener in a win of 7-0. Following this, and in spite of the champions’ form dipping completely after Christmas, he has been restricted to only 6 minutes in the league.
Speaking to reporters, Klopp Jurgen described the thinking behind enabling him out of loans.
Klopp Jurgen’s Comment
Here is what Klopp Jurgen said:
“We really thought about it. 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 kinds 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.”
He further mentioned:
“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 get 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 premiere against Manchester United having finished the required paperwork early.
Klopp Jurgen Continued:
Klopp Jurgen added:
“He just has to enjoy football again there. 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 of 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 percent 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.”
“He doesn’t have to change anything or improve anything, he just has to play football, gain confidence and rhythm, and he will be fine.”