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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has suggested that he may have made a mistake by leaving Takumi Minamino out of his side in recent weeks.
Minamino is expected to return to the Reds’ starting XI for the FA Cup clash with Aston Villa on Friday night as the Reds seek revenge for the 7-2 drubbing earlier this season. The Japan international has been hit and miss since joining the Reds 12 months ago, scoring four goals in 29 appearances.
And Klopp has admitted that he may have made a mistake by omitting Minamino since then as their form dipped. Giving his verdict on Minamino’s first year at the club, Klopp said:
“You come in, a new club and everybody thinks that you will score 20, 30, 40 goals and stuff like this. He is in a good shape – a really good shape – he developed, he got used to it.
“He was a good player when we signed him, obviously, but he got used to the intensity, the league, training, all this stuff.
“He made big steps. I know the last game he played was Crystal Palace and since then we didn’t win another [game], so we should think about involving him, obviously.”
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