Klopp lavishes praise on Liverpool new boy Minamino after Wolves win

‘He was fighting like crazy… he’s exactly the player we expected and now he’s ours’: Jurgen Klopp lavishes praise on Liverpool new boy Takumi Minamino after Japan star makes Premier League debut in Wolves win

  • Takumi Minamino came off the bench to make his Liverpool debut at Wolves
  • The Japanese star replaced injured Sadio Mane and helped his side to victory
  • Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on the maiden efforts of the 25-year-old
  • Minamino adapted quickly to Liverpool’s high-intensity, pressing style of play
  • READ: Match report as Roberto Firmino’s last gasp strikes seal win at Wolves 

Jurgen Klopp has outlined how thrilled he was with the first Premier League showing of January signing Takumi Minamino, following the 25-year-old’s substitute appearance against Wolves.

Minamino was thrust into the action at short notice, after coming onto the field to replace the injured Sadio Mane, whose extent of hamstring concern is yet to be revealed.

Japan international Minamino was tasked with quickly adapting to Liverpool’s high-intensity, heavy pressing style of play. For Klopp, the performance he saw from the former Salzburg man ticked every box.

Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise on Takumi Minamino following his Premier League debut

Klopp had to throw the playmaker into the action following an injury to Sadio Mane

Speaking during his FA Cup press conference on Friday, prior to Liverpool’s clash with Shrewsbury, Klopp listed the highlights of Minamino’s first league outing.

‘Yesterday was a big step for him, a game like this game wasn’t for anyone to shine or make a name,’ Klopp began.

‘Showing up like he did not with his skills but with his mentality, he was fighting like crazy and closed gaps.

The 25-year-old quicky adapted to Liverpool’s relentless, high-pressing style at Molineux

‘It was was a super start. [He’s] exactly the player we expected to get, super boy and super player.

‘It was a proper fight and he was ready. just the player we wanted and now he’s ours.’ 

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