Liverpool Forward Admits Having Regret and Anger Over Lack of Playing Opportunities

Liverpool Forward Admits Having Regret and Anger Over Lack of Playing Opportunities

Rene Otinga
  • Minamino says he is motivated by anger and frustration of his lack of play time at Liverpool
  • Since signing for the Reds in 2020, the Japanese has scored 14 goals in 55 appearances
  • He only featured nine times for Jurgen Klopp’s side despite Liverpool playing maximum games in all competitions

Forward Takumi Minamino has strongly hinted at having regrets after a season devoid of playing time at Liverpool in 2021/2022.

Minamino joined Liverpool for £7.25m in 2020 and was tipped to be a crucial part of Jurgen Klopp’s side in attack.

The former Salzburg winger featured only nine times for the Reds last season, despite the fact that the club played the maximum number of games across all competitions.

Takumi Minamino
Takumi Minamino during his Salzburg days. The Japan international has struggled for game time at Liverpool. Photo: Getty.
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In an interview with Sanspo, the Japan international opened up on his situation, saying the games he featured in were “of no interest to anyone”.

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“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.” He said.
'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.”

Latest reports suggest Minamino could be open to moving away from Anfield this summer, with Liverpool currently valuing him at £17million.

Among the clubs interested in his services is Italian outfit Atalanta.

According to Football Italia, however, the biggest hurdle in the deal is the Japan international’s 2.7m-a-year wage demands.

Eriksen uninterested in Man United move

In transfer news, Christian Eriksen has rejected the chance to join Manchester United, with reports suggesting he prefers to remain in London.

After spending six months at Brentford, Christian Eriksen emerged as summer target for the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal who are ready to bolster their squads.

The Dane is weighing up whether to leave west London to pursue a new challenge ahead of the 2022/23 campaign with West Ham United also monitoring him.