Liverpool fans were extremely excited when they signed Takumi Minamino in the January transfer window, especially after his impressive performances against them in the Champions League group stages during the first half of the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s team signed the attacker midway through the campaign from Red Bull Salzburg and paid his £7.25million release clause (Sky Sports) to bring him to Anfield.
Minamino scored nine goals and supplied 11 assists in just 22 games for Austrian outfit Salzburg during the first half of this season, which attracted the January interest.
The 25-year-old put in some eye-catching displays for Salzburg when pitted against Liverpool and he ended up making a first switch to the Premier League.
But the Japan international has had a slow start to life on Merseyside and is yet to show everyone his talent.
Minamino has played seven first-team games for the Reds so far and is still waiting for his first goal or assist.
He’s a versatile attacker that can play on both wings with his low centre of gravity and Klopp has also dropped him into a central role at times too.
It’s no surprise that he’s made a slow start at Liverpool considering the immense competition for places in attacking positions within the squad, but there is not a chance he should be written off yet.
Minamino has all the individual ability to prove next season that he’s a £7.25million masterstroke and that will end up being a bargain signing for just a seven-figure fee, as he can add some extra creativity to the team.