‘I wasn’t surprised’: Takumi Minamino describes his Liverpool debut against Everton as ‘one of the most intense matches’ he’s played ever in
- Takumi Minamino described his debut for Liverpool against Everton as ‘intense’
- The 24-year-old insists he’s not surprised by the level that Liverpool play at
- The Japanese star went on to impress on his debut against Toffees on Sunday
- Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for the forward by calling him ‘outstanding’
Takumi Minamino has described his debut for Liverpool against Everton as one of the most ‘intense’ games he’s ever played in – but insists he’s not surprised.
The Japanese star has been lauded for fitting in seamlessly with his new team-mates so quickly considering that he’s barely had time to adjust to his new settings after signing from Red Bull Salzburg last month.
The 24-year-old insists the way Liverpool press is similar to Salzburg’s system but revealed it wasn’t quite the same and would be something he’d have to get used to.
Takumi Minamino says his Liverpool debut was ‘one of the most intense matches’ he’s played in
‘I’m happy that now I’m a part of this team,’ said Minamino.
‘It was probably one of the most intense matches I’ve played, but I knew the Premier League would be like that so I wasn’t surprised.
‘The way we press aggressively, the way we press back, the way we use the space between lines is similar to Salzburg.
‘But the system is not the same so I have to understand the difference and fit myself into this team. I think this is the best stadium for a footballer. The fans were great and I’m just glad we won.’
Minamino played for 70 minutes on his Liverpool debut against Everton and impressed
A young Reds side secured a 1-0 win over their bitter rivals, courtesy of a stunning curler from 18-year-old Curtis Jones, and Minamino played his part as he featured for 70 minutes before being replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on the Japanese star after the result by labelling his performance as ‘outstanding’.
‘He was super, outstanding, exactly the player we wanted, exactly the player we wished for,’ he said.
‘In your first game for a team you don’t know, it’s not a settled team, it’s already difficult.’
Jurgen Klopp praised Minamino for displaying a top-class attitude in a heavily rotated side
Klopp added that he was particularly impressed that the 24-year-old managed to show his talent and adapt to the team given it had been ‘thrown together’, with the German making nine changes to the side that beat Sheffield United last week.
‘This team we threw together on the pitch with basically two sessions together, to show this sort of understanding, his football skills were exceptional and his attitude was outstanding,’ he added.
‘He led the chasing pack so often. He didn’t look tired, but we don’t know the player that well yet so we took him off.’
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