It was a strange European night at Anfield with no fans present inside the stadium, which may have had an impact in the Reds’ sluggish performance and the opposition putting the pressure on from the first whistle.
Despite this, Jurgen Klopp’s side prevailed with goals from Mohamed Salah from the penalty spot late on after Diogo Jota scored the club’s 10,000th competitive goal earlier in the second half.
However, a number of fans did not take kindly to watching Minamino, who signed for the club for £7.25m last January and started alongside Diogo Jota and Divock Origi after the manager made several changes from the weekend win over Sheffield United.
During the match last night, the Japan international won just one individual duel, failed to register a shot on target and only completed 15 passes before he was brought off after 60 minutes of play (Sofasc0re).
Should Takumi Minamino be given more time in the Liverpool first team?
With this in mind, some believe that his days at Anfield are numbered, having yet to make a real impression in the red shirt, throwing him into the same category as Divock Origi in terms of last night’s overall performance. Indeed, one Kopite saw fit to label Minamino as “useless”.
Fans hammer Takumi Minamino
Minamino struggling against Midgetland yeah this guy ain’t making it at Liverpool
— dani (@dxnii50) October 27, 2020
— Champions of England (@mainstandred) October 28, 2020
Shocking performance from Liverpool tonight. Few replacements needed. Minamino in particular is completely useless #LFC
— Sean Churchill (@SeanChurchill10) October 27, 2020
Think Origi’s times up at the club now.
Nowhere near good enough.
Minamino really needs to step up too now.
A forward is needed in the summer. #LFC
— THE UNBEARABLE CH6MP19NS (@Strictly_Scouse) October 27, 2020
— Jacob Larkman (@jacob_larkman) October 27, 2020
Minamino isn’t working out ,unless they can turn him into a Gini type midfielder it ain’t gonna happen for him #LFC
— Andy48LFC (@didgy40) October 27, 2020
Origi and minamino, they are poor #lfc
— Adam Godz (@Adam_godz) October 27, 2020
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