Liverpool fans bemoan 26-year-old not coming on vs Brentford
A number of Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to question Jurgen Klopp for the decision to not bring Takumi Minamino on during the Reds’ draw with Brentford on Saturday.
What’s the story?
Liverpool had to settle for a point against the Bees. They initially went behind before then going on to take the lead twice themselves.
But Thomas Frank’s men equalised with eight minutes remaining. And that proved to be the end of the scoring.
Klopp only made one substitution during the contest. Roberto Firmino replaced Curtis Jones with 22 minutes left.
The decision would have upset many, with plenty feeling that Jones was excellent against the newly-promoted side.
However, there was another call Klopp made that did not sit too well with several of the fans on social media.
Heading into the game, Minamino had staked a claim for a chance with a superb brace against Norwich in the Carabao Cup.
However, the Japan international remained on the bench on Saturday – even after the Reds conceded the game’s sixth goal to throw away the lead.
It means that Minamino is still awaiting the chance to make his first Premier League appearance for Liverpool since returning from his loan spell at Southampton.
He has been an unused substitute in all but one of the Reds’ league games so far.
‘What more is he supposed to do?’: Liverpool fans criticise Klopp over Minamino decision
And the supporters simply cannot understand what he has to do to get a chance, particularly with several feeling that Sadio Mane was under-par in the capital.
With that in mind, here is what some of the fans were saying about Minamino after Saturday’s draw…
Minamino would have been a decent late 2nd half sub, as would have been Konaté
— Gautham Rao (@gauthamrao) September 26, 2021
Should have taken mane off and put minamino on today
— Zamaan Ismail (@ZamaanMagician) September 25, 2021
Minamino scores 2 goals, Minamino doesn’t get even 15 minutes the next game. What more is he supposed to do?
— Exotic Scouse ❁ (@LangatGodwin_LG) September 25, 2021
Would like to see kostas start against citeh. Would have liked to see minamino come on today for mane. #lfc
— Andrea (@_Andz92) September 25, 2021
Minamino scored 2 goals and Klopp still subbed on a player he wasn’t fully fit 😭 #FreeMinamino
— Nemi (@NemsterLFC) September 25, 2021
Would’ve genuinely bought on Minamino for Mane
— charlie (@charliedale__) September 25, 2021
It’s time for Mane to be benched and make way for Minamino.
— Aatif (@_lfc_aatif_) September 25, 2021
What does minamino have to do to get a competitive game under Klopp
— Darion-(#FSGOUT) (@JellyLFC) September 25, 2021
Tsimikas and Minamino don’t deserve this for what they have done in last few games.
— Sunny (@SunnyB7007) September 25, 2021
I think Minamino deserves to start instead of Mane
— Raghav Mittal (@mittalrag) September 25, 2021
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