Throughout his tenure at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has been on the helm of a number of the membership’s most fun signings in historical past. Gamers resembling Alisson and Virgil van Dijk have been each dropped at the membership by the German and have since excelled.
That is proven by each the Premier League and Champions League title the facet received while below the steerage of the 56-year-old. Klopp managed to show a crew with a fan base who did not consider into world champions, a feat which many have tried and didn’t do.
Nevertheless, though the overwhelming majority of Klopp’s additions to his squad have benefited the facet massively, there are some which appear to have left a bitter style within the mouths of some followers.
An instance of one in every of these signings is that of Takumi Minamino. Throughout his stint with the Reds, Minamino was usually beloved and hated by followers as a result of inconsistency he confirmed.
Takumi Minamino’s Liverpool profession in numbers
After arriving on the membership on the first January 2020 for a price value £7.25m, he did not handle to contribute to a single aim or help for the Reds for the rest of the season.
That stated, throughout Liverpool’s run to each the 2021/22 Carabao and FA Cup finals, he was one in every of Klopp’s finest gamers, managing to attain a formidable seven targets in simply 9 video games. It was for that kind that journalist Josh Bunting claimed he was “undervalued” by the supervisor.
If the Japan worldwide managed to constantly put out numbers like this within the league, he may have very simply benched both Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino throughout their ‘hay-days’ for the Reds.
Nevertheless, throughout that very same season, the winger solely performed a complete of 176 minutes within the Premier League and solely managed to attain three targets within the course of.
It was this lack of consistency which resulted in Klopp selecting to promote the Japan worldwide to Ligue 1 facet, Monaco, in the summertime of 2022 for a price value £15m.
While with Monaco, the Minamino which tore Liverpool aside with a stellar efficiency (footage beneath) within the 2019/20 Champions League got here out.
Takumi Minamino’s stint at Monaco in numbers
As aforementioned, Minamino now plys his commerce for Monaco. The winger is 29-years-old and has an nearly assured beginning spot throughout the French membership’s set-up.
Nevertheless, it hasn’t all been clean crusing since he arrived. Final season was his first in Ligue 1 and his inconsistency as soon as once more confirmed by means of.
The 29-year-old has performed a complete of 25 instances in all competitions and solely managed to contribute to 5 targets. He has, nevertheless, been deployed throughout the entrance three and, once in a while, in attacking midfield all through the season.
Following his poor first marketing campaign on the membership, Monaco’s then sporting director, Paul Mitchell, spoke in regards to the attackers’ kind: “Takumi Minamino is [the signing] that has had probably the most issue integrating in the intervening time,” he stated.
“Now we have to be affected person. I hope that his aim towards Reims will result in many extra. It is paradoxical as a result of he is the oldest participant on the listing (of arrivals).”
It now, nevertheless, appears as if their persistence has paid off, as, Minamino has seemingly turned over a brand new leaf and is now outperforming one in every of Liverpool’s star-signings, Dominik Szoboszlai.
The pair have an equal variety of targets and assists with each contributing to 5 targets and 4 assists every. Nevertheless, Minamino has managed to realize this output in 11 fewer video games than Szoboszlai has, which showcases how settled he’s now.
This upheaval in kind doubtless has quite a bit to do with Monaco’s supervisor, Adi Hutter, as he knew Minamino from his RB Salzburg days.
This gave the Austrian an concept of the place finest to capitalise on the Japan worldwide’s strengths and the way finest to make use of them in a tactical system.