Takumi Minamino, the Japanese international, has reflected on his time at Liverpool and described it as a ‘very important experience’ in his football career. Arriving from RB Salzburg in 2019, Minamino made significant contributions during Liverpool’s domestic double-winning season, helping the team secure the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in 2021-22.
He was also part of the squad that ended Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a Premier League title. However, in 2022, Minamino moved to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco for around $18m (£15m/€17m). After a challenging debut season at Monaco, Minamino has found his form again, scoring three goals and providing three assists in seven appearances.
His excellent performances have helped Monaco claim the top spot in the league table, two points ahead of PSG as things stand. Reflecting on his time in England, Minamino highlighted Anfield as one of the best stadiums in the world and described the amazing feeling of scoring as a Liverpool player. He emphasizes that he will never forget that experience.
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“It was a great experience for me,” he told TNT Sports. “We won the Premier League and two cups — the Carabao Cup and FA Cup. This for me was a very important experience as a football player, this is the most impressive memory. Anfield is one of the best stadiums in the world, this atmosphere and if you score as a Liverpool player it is amazing. I never forget that feeling.”
Since leaving Anfield, Minamino’s role has slightly changed under former Eintracht Frankfurt manager Adi Hütter at Monaco. He is now deployed more centrally in the team. In another recent interview with L’Equipe, Minamino also praised Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, for his ability to motivate and consider every player, even those who weren’t playing regularly. He believes that Klopp’s coaching style boosts players’ confidence and sets him apart from other managers he has encountered.
Monaco currently sits at the top of the league table, one point clear after a 3-2 victory over Marseille before the international break. Minamino’s impressive performances have contributed to Monaco’s success so far this season.
Liverpool.com says: While Minamino’s time at Liverpool may have come to an end, the memories and experiences he gained during his stint at the club will forever remain with him. As he continues to excel at Monaco, Minamino’s journey showcases the resilience and adaptability required to thrive in the world of professional football.
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