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Minamino laments lack of opportunities at Liverpool as rumours of summer exit likely – Sporting Life


Takumi Minamino has revealed that lack of opportunities at Liverpool left him angry as rumours of a summer exit for the forward continue to grow.

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The 27-year-old moved to Anfield from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020. Reds chief Jurgen Klopp had made no secret of his desire to sign the Japan international, calling him ‘classy’ and ‘the best talent’.

The forward enjoyed two starts among 10 top-flight appearances in the second half of 2019-2020.

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He made 14 appearances in all competitions and claimed a Premier League winner’s medal. However, 2020-21 was a frustrating campaign on Merseyside for the Far East ace.

He started just twice in the league and made nine appearances. And, while featuring more in the Champions League and both domestic cups, he was loaned to Southampton in January 2021.

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Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl backed the ex-Cerezo Osaka .er, handing him nine top-flight starts among ten appearances. He bagged two goals before returning to Liverpool at the end of the campaign.

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With Klopp possessing such an array of attacking talent, it was always going to be tough for Minamino to see much action.

The man with 42 international caps did enjoy 24 outings in all competitions last term. But he .ed just 176 minutes of Premier League football, starting on the bench 25 times.

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He managed to score three league goals and seven across the FA Cup and EFL Cup. Liverpool are said to be open to his summer exit, with Italian club Atalanta thought to be keen.

And it appears as though Minamino will leave with a bitter taste in his mouth.

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“Many of the games I .ed weren’t of interest to anyone,” he told Sanspo. “Even if I left the results, t. wasn’t much response. I was trying to inspire myself to prove my worth and I was doing personal training other than team training.

“I was thinking that I would leave something behind when I went to the match mentally.

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