Takumi Minamino is likely to leave Liverpool in the summer but will have plenty of suitors in the Premier League.
That is according to ex-Southampton goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Minamino put in a display to forget against Leicester.
In the 1-1 draw, the 26-year-old completed only seven passes in 79 minutes, won just 31 per cent of his duels and lost the ball 11 times (Wyscout).
Minamino started strongly after joining Southampton on loan in January, scoring twice in his first three games.
But he has since faded and made one appearance in Southampton’s last five matches before Friday’s draw against Leicester.
Phillps insists there is still hope for Minamino in the Premier League, even if that means a permanent switch away from Liverpool.
“There must be a reason he’s not hit the ground running,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“Maybe he’s not quite the player they thought they were signing. We’ve seen that happen over the years.
“Maybe he doesn’t suit the style. Maybe the quality is not what they expected. It is a shame.
“I’m sure if it doesn’t happen for him at Liverpool there will be plenty in the Premier League who will have a sniff, take him on and try and get the best out of him.”
Minamino signed from Red Bull Salzburg in January last year after Liverpool triggered his £7.25million released clause.
He has made 31 appearances for the Merseysiders in total, scoring four goals and setting up two.
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