This is why Minamino flopped at Liverpool but is dazzling at Southampton - Phillips
Takumi Minamino has the ability to make an impact at Liverpool next season — but Southampton might simply turn out to be a better fit for him.
That is according to ex-Leeds and Manchester City striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider amid the 26-year-old’s lightning-quick start to life on the south coast.
The 26-time Japan international struggled to adapt to life in England during his first 12 months with Liverpool and started just four matches for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
But he has enjoyed a promising start at St. Mary’s, scoring twice in his first four matches for the Saints.
Phillips acknowledges that Minamino could play a “major part” for Liverpool next season but he also claims that Southampton might better suit the player’s style.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “He’s playing brilliantly, of course. But that happens, how many times have we seen that? Some clubs suit some players.
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“It is what it is, you know. Ultimately, it’s good for Liverpool that he’s going away and getting his game-time.
“He might well come back and play a major part at Liverpool next season. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Minamino joined Liverpool in January 2020 after they paid Red Bull Salzburg £7.25million to activate his release clause.
Minamino began his career in his native Japan with Cerezo Osaka before being noticed by Red Bull Salzburg’s well-regarded scouting network and signing in 2015.