Takumi Minamino has not quite had the instant impact at Anfield he may have liked, but it’s far too soon for anyone to write him off and he only needs to look at some teammates in the squad to see it can take time adapting at Liverpool.
The Reds signed Minamino for a bargain £7.25million (BBC) in January from Red Bull Salzburg, where he had been in brilliant form during the first half of this season.
He’s an attacking midfielder that usually plays off the wing and he moved to Merseyside after scoring against Jurgen Klopp’s team in the Champions League group stages.
The 25-year-old is a creative playmaker that looks a great fit for the Premier League, but he’s had to be patient so far.
Minamino has made just four appearances across all competitions so far and spent the majority of the time watching on from the bench.
With Liverpool flying towards the Premier League title, it’s no surprise there is immense competition in the team and the same group of players have been almost unstoppable for two years now.
But the Japan international can still have a big future moving forward and shouldn’t be concerned by a slow start.
Fabinho is currently one of the top-class stars performing on a weekly basis for Liverpool, but he is a perfect example for Minamino to look at for encouragement.
Liverpool signed defensive midfielder Fabinho for £40million (Guardian) in the 2018 summer transfer window and he arrived after starring for Monaco.
But in his first season in English football took plenty of time to get going, as he spent the opening couple of the months struggling for opportunities.
It wasn’t until the second half of the campaign that he really started to nail down his spot and the 26-year-old Brazilian now has to be considered one of the first names in the XI when fit.
Minamino needs to just make the most of any chance he gets and remember his quality meant Klopp added him to the squad.