Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed new signing Takumi Minamino as “outstanding”, after making his debut in a 1-0 FA Cup Merseyside derby victory over Everton.
Minamino was one of nine changes made by Jurgen Klopp, as Liverpool fielded a rather young squad, with a value of just £43.9 million at kick-off against Merseyside neighbors Everton.
Klopp would still finish at Anfield with a win, 18-year-old Toxteth-born Curtis Jones, scoring a brilliant 71st-minute winner to ensure the manager’s faith in his young squad was not misplaced at the slightest.
Fans were however on the lookout for Klopp’s latest recruit in Takumi Minamino, who arrived earlier this month for just £7.25m from RB Salzburg. And apparently, they weren’t at all disappointed with the manager’s new prodigy.
Speaking after the game, Klopp hailed the midfielder as ‘outstanding’, as he poured his heart out revealing the player’s exceptional qualities.
“Super, outstanding. Exactly the player we wanted, exactly the player we wished for.” Jurgen Klopp said.
“Your first game in a team you don’t know, if it’s a settled team it’s already difficult – this team we threw more or less on the pitch with two sessions together.
“And then showing this kind of game understanding, football skills are exceptional, attitude is outstanding, led the chasing pack so often in different situations, which I loved.
“He didn’t look tired, but because we don’t know him that long we just wanted to save him a little bit, so took him off. It was a nice add-on to have Oxlade back, he looked pretty lively when he came on.
“He trained only one day, two days now, and that’s why he didn’t start. Super.”