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Minamino is a long-term project, says Klopp

Tue 02 February 2021 | 17:25

The German manager of Liverpool explains the reason for loaning out the Japanese player, Takumi Minamino.

Takumi Minamino

has joined

Southampton

with a short-term loan deal. The player who joined

Liverpool

from the Austrian side, Salzburg didn’t get enough playing time at Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp admits that Minamino is a quality player but a loan experience for him at Southampton could have a good result eventually.

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."

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