Takumi Minamino, a Japanese attacking midfielder, gave an interview ahead of the next season during the season’s break.
Last season was difficult for him, he claims, because he did not get enough playing time under manager Jürgen Klopp.
Many of the games I played weren’t of interest to anyone. 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 didn’t want to keep up with my body when I entered the game because I wasn’t in the game, so I did personal training with Plus Alpha. 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 just did the obvious thing. It was more disappointing than the response. I want to do my best to be a player who can produce results in important games.
Minamino joined Liverpool from RB Salzburg after demonstrating his class in a UEFA Champions League match between the two clubs.
Since joining the Reds, he has been unable to break into the first squad.
Lyon and Atalanta have both expressed interest in signing the Japanese for roughly £17 million.