What is Takumi Minamino's best role for Liverpool?

What is Takumi Minamino's best role for Liverpool?

Takumi Minamino, like so many Liverpool players, is a bit of an enigma.  He caught the eye for Red Bull Salzburg in their 4-3 loss at Anfield, with even some players reportedly singling him out for praise afterwards. When it was revealed he had a £7.25million release clause, a move for the Japan international felt like a no-brainer.  It appeared as though he was the perfect fit for the Reds’ frontline. Some even called him Firminamino due to his knack …
Takumi Minamino - Time To Make His Mark?

Takumi Minamino - Time To Make His Mark?

Rampant Liverpool Shatter Crystal In Resounding Palace Win

Rampant Liverpool Shatter Crystal In Resounding Palace Win

Liverpool will be top of the Premier League table at Christmas after a huge 7-0 win away to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. A brace from Roberto Firmino, two goals from substitute Mohamed Salah, and one strike apiece from Takumi Minamino, Jordan Henderson, and Sadio Mane sealed the Reds' barnstorming win. And it's not as if the defending champions were at their best for the entirety of the ninety minutes, with large swarths of the first half -- despite Liverpool …
In Defence Of Takumi Minamino

In Defence Of Takumi Minamino

Takumi Minamino's quality and suitability to the team has been questioned by a section of Liverpool fans online recently. After failing to impose himself on a number of games, some have even gone to the length of calling the Japanese international's signing a flop.  While there is a kernel of truth to these complaints, they -- as is often the case on social media, especially Football Twitter with its mostly teenage population -- spectacularly miss the context. Yes, the attacking …
Liverpool Drew In Denmark

Liverpool Drew In Denmark

Liverpool drew their Champions League group stage campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Midtjylland. An early Mohamed Salah gave the Reds the lead before the hosts levelled proceedings through an Alexander Scholz penalty. More VAR drama ensued as Liverpool were denied what appeared a perfectly legitimate late winner through Takumi Minamino, but the video assistant referee -- mistaking Sadio Mane's arm for that of one of the hosts defenders -- disallowed the Japan international's goal for handball in the …
Is it time for out-of-form Firmino to be dropped?

Is it time for out-of-form Firmino to be dropped?

Some footballers can go through slumps in form and still look something close to their best, but others are the polar opposite, turning into pale imitations of themselves. Unfortunately, Roberto Firmino belongs in the latter category. The Brazilian has been a sensational performer for Liverpool over the past five years, overcoming Brendan Rodgers' bizarre use of him to become one of the world's leading attackers. When Firmino has been on-song, he has been the epitome of everything great about this …
Two New Signings, Two Statement Victories - September 2020, The Month That Was

Two New Signings, Two Statement Victories - September 2020, The Month That Was

THIAGO ... THIAGO ALCANTARA!!! The summer's most anticipated, or drawn out, depending on your point of view, transfer has been complete. News broke late of an evening that Liverpool had agreed a fee for Spanish midfield wizard Thiago Alcantara, and while we had long expected Thiago Thursday we instead got Thiago Friday. And fucking hell, it was fun. But before we start drooling over him again, let's go back to the start of the month. Liverpool got themselves ready for …
Klopp delights in

Klopp delights in "outstanding" performance of Takumi Minamino

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp was hugely impressed by the performance of former RB Salzburg star Takumi Minamino against Lincoln City. Minamino, along with Curtis Jones, bagged a brace in the 7-2 win at the LNER Stadium. Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Grujic and Divock Origi were Liverpool's other goalscorers. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Klopp had some special words of praise when asked about Minamino's display in the Carabao Cup win.
"I loved Taki’s game tonight, to be honest – it …
Could Minamino Offer Midfield Magic?

Could Minamino Offer Midfield Magic?

Takumi Minamino's Anfield career hasn't really taken off yet. Despite some bright moments, including a well-taken goal -- which was part of an overall impressive cameo -- in the Community Shield versus Arsenal, the Japanese international is yet to hit the heights of his Red Bull Salzburg form yet. The 25-year old introduced himself to the Reds' faithful with a brilliant performance for the Austrian's at Anfield in last season's Champions League. Salzburg eventually found themselves on the receiving end …
It's make-or-break time for Naby Keïta

It's make-or-break time for Naby Keïta

As Liverpool gear up for the start of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign next weekend, Naby Keïta knows that now is the time to stake his claim for a regular starting spot in The Reds' midfield. The Guinea international who wears Steven Gerrard's famous number 8 jersey has endured a stop-start couple of seasons since his arrival from the Bundesliga in 2018. Liverpool paid £54 million for Keïta who had attracted the attention of several of Europe's top clubs - …
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