Liverpool’s assistant manager Pep Lijnders has lavished praise on Takumi Minamino following a lively start to the 2020/21 season.
The Japan international has so far made four appearances this season including the Community Shield, and scored three goals.
He’s not really had the pitch time to impress in the Premier League yet, but he did score a brace against Lincoln City in the EFL Cup third round.
He’s certainly looked lively whenever he’s played so far, and Jurgen Klopp’s number two Lijnders is delighted with his progression since joining the club in January.
He said of the 25-year-old (Liverpool Echo): “Wow – what a desire!
“He is somebody who turns our game collective as well, the same as what Roberto [Firmino] does.
“His professionalism on the pitch and off the pitch is outstanding. His development so far has been really great and he is that player who always gives everything, each day.
“If you are already good, then it becomes really interesting. If he can keep that up, we will be really happy with that and long may it continue.”
Minamino will perhaps be hoping his showing against Lincoln will see Klopp start him against Arsenal on Thursday in the next round of the EFL Cup.
TBR’s View – Minamino’s breakout season?
Minamino has had time to get to grips with English football now, and it is already beginning to show that he is more comfortable in his surroundings.
He’s looked really sharp across his 125 minutes of pitch time so far in 2020/21, and he could potentially be a very important player for the Reds this term.
It’s important for him to keep playing well, as there may come a time where Firmino’s form dips.