Takumi Minamino reveals ‘regret and anger’ over lack of Liverpool opportunities

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Takumi Minamino reveals ‘regret and anger’ over lack of Liverpool opportunities
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Takumi Minamino has revealed his frustration over the lack of first-team opportunities he has been given at Liverpool.

The 27-year-old joined the Reds in January 2020 from RB Salzburg for £7.25million but has struggled to make an impact for Jurgen Klopp’s since then, spending a period on loan at Southampton during that time.

While Liverpool have been faced with a hectic season, playing every possible match as they reached the final of all three knockout competitions, Minamino made just nine starts across all competitions. One of those came in the Premier League, a competition in which he played 179 minutes.

Reports suggest Minamino’s time at Anfield could be coming to an end, with Monaco a potential destination, and his comments on how much he has struggled at the club make a move away seem extremely likely.

“Many of the games I played weren’t of interest to anyone,” Minamino told Sanspo.

“Even if I left the results, there wasn’t much response. I was trying to inspire myself to prove my worth. 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. I felt motivated by regret and anger every day. I’ve never had this much time as a player. It was difficult to maintain the condition and connect with my feelings.

“But it was a season that seemed to have grown. It was disappointing but fulfilling. At the same time, it makes sense to play an important game and leave a result, so it is said that I got out and got a result, but I do not think it was a big deal.

“I want to do my best to be a player who can produce results in important games.”

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