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Jurgen Klopp leaves door open for Takumi Minamino Liverpool return

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has seemingly left the door open for Takumi Minamino to come back this summer and play an important role next season.

Klopp allowed Minamino to move to Southampton in January. The Japanese star had failed to really get going on Merseyside but has enjoyed some good moments under Ralph Hassenhuttl’s guidance.

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Questions, then, have been asked about whether Minamino has a future with Liverpool under Klopp. But speaking to the official matchday programme this weekend, the Reds boss has left the door wide open for Minamino to return.

“He’s done really well there and this is no surprise. When we allowed him to go in January it was a tough call to make because he is an important player for us and will be again in the future, no doubt,” Klopp said. (quotes via Goal)

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“But opportunities at that time had been short with us and therefore going to play somewhere else made sense for him and us. Southampton was perfect because of how Ralph plays and what he demands from his players.”

Minamino signed for the Reds in January 2020 for a fee in the region of £7.25m (BBC). Since moving to Southampton, he’s managed two goals, one more than he managed in his game-time at Anfield.

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There’s no doubt the Liverpool attack needs freshening up a bit. If the likes of Salah and Mane aren’t firing, then the Reds do tend to look a bit stale up top.

Minamino certainly has the talent to make an impact but he needs to do more. He faces a big summer really and if he can impress Klopp, then he might be like having a new signing.

But it’s a big if, and his form for Southampton has also dipped a tad.

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