Minamino’s brace helped Liverpool win 3-0 over Norwich City in the third round English League Cup 2021/2022 , Wednesday (22/9/2021) early morning WIB. His goals were born in the 4th and 80th minutes. While another goal was scored by Divock Origi in the 50th minute.
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This season Liverpool have played five matches in the Premier League and one match in the Champions League group stage. However, Minamino always sits on the bench. As a result, for his two goals in the English League Cup, Minamino seemed to want to answer doubts.
Regarding doubts, Klopp refuses to be called distrustful of playing Minamino . The German coach argued that Minamino was in the process of recovering so he was not selected for a series of Liverpool matches at the start of the season.
“Those were all times where he was still injured, but Taki is now in a very good moment, training well and deserved the two goals. The first goal was quick and he finished it well,” Klopp said Sportmole, Wednesday (22/9/2021).
“Then the second goal I didn’t see the process, but he got into the box (to score). Since pre-season he was really good, then he got injured on international duty, but now he is back.”
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Minamino has not been played at all not because of Klopp’s wishes, but circumstances that forced the Japanese player to still not play. Injuries after defending the Japanese national team and his condition that is still not fit made Klopp continue to reserve Minamino.
However, now Klopp is happy that Minamino is back. He feels maybe this season is the time for the 26-year-old to shine at Liverpool.