Japan are out of the World Cup but they gained many a fan with their brave effort against Belgium last night. The Samurai Blue led 2-0 before goals from Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli helped the Red Devils to victory. But there were several incredible performances, including from Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa.
He was exceptional in the middle of the park, linking the attack to defence masterfully in a performance which reminded people just why Manchester United once splashed out on his signature.
In fact, his performances at the World Cup overall have been fantastic. So much so, that some of the fans from United’s bitter rivals Liverpool are suggesting they make a move for the player:
Kagawa is still an incredible player. Man United wasted him. I’d have him to replace Lallana at LFC.
— Sam Ward (@wardlfc) July 2, 2018
Bring Kagawa to us @LFC
— Groot (@Firbinho) July 2, 2018
Kagawa extremely good, showed his greatness today.
— NoLookFirmino (@bobbynolookLFC) July 2, 2018
Sign Kagawa @LFC
— Terry (@Trrymc) July 2, 2018
Still say we should invest in kagawa @LFC ?
— Luke Russell (@Lulamu117) July 2, 2018
Not arsed if he played for United at all, I’d 100% have Kagawa at #lfc.
— Liam Bushby (@LiamJB92) July 2, 2018
Kagawa is balling out @LFC SIGN HIM NOW
— Ciro Di Marzio ?? (@rapzirq) July 2, 2018
The reasons why are clear. Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Kagawa and first took him to European football with Borussia Dortmund. He got the best out of the player and was a truly massive fan of his. Back in 2013, with Kagawa out of the picture at United, Klopp told The Guardian it broke his heart to see and that it had put ‘tears in his eyes’. He also dubbed Kagawa ‘one of the best players in the world.’
Now, 29-year-old Kagawa is looking back to his best. He was one of Dortmund’s best players last season, before an ankle injury cut things short and under the guidance of his former boss Klopp he could be a star – which would be great to rub in Manchester United’s face.