Hasenhuttl praises ‘particular player’ Minamino after Liverpool change

Ralph Hasenhuttl believes a new loan indicators Takumi Minamino as a “particular player” and has backed him to achieve Southampton.

The 26-year-old player has discovered his alternatives restricted under Jurgen Klopp since shifting to Liverpool from RB Salzburg in January 2020.

Minamino has made just 4 begins and 15 substitute Premier League appearances for the champions, scoring his solely goal on the top to date throughout his side 7-0 beating Crystal Palace in December.

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“I spoke to Jurgen (Klopp) – he said he did not have a chance to offer him sufficient time to play,” Hasenhuttl said when requested about Minamino’s move.

“I am positive when he played, he made good video games and scored a number of goals.

“He’s a really particular player to me not due to his bodily energy however extra of his means of taking part in football. He’s very quick in his pondering, has good decision making, is aware of our powerful fashion and hopes for lots of runs.

“He is aware of once you come to me you must run loads however that is not a problem for him.

“He did not play a lot within the past video games so he can even want time to step up however we had a very good expertise with Theo (Walcott) the place he helped us proper away and we hope he does the identical.”

Hasenhuttl additionally managed the Red Bull team at RB Leipzig earlier than he took the helm at Southampton and said his assistant coach Richard Kitzbichler had beforehand labored with the forward.

He added: “Richard labored with him, my assistant coach, he is aware of him well. When he joined Liverpool I said, ‘Why cannot we get this player?’.

“I am happy he is right here. It’s not normal for a player like him to say that he needs to search out extra alternatives to play and then go searching for the precise membership, I believe we’re the precise membership. The best way we wish to play fits it, hopefully we’ll see it within the future.

“He ought to do what he normally does. He ought to play good issues and assist us win video games. I do know he can do it. ”

Minamino may make his first look at Southampton in Newcastle on Saturday, with the Saints trying to bounce back from their 9-0 loss to Manchester United midweek.


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