By Kevin Phillips

15th Jan, 2022 | 2:03pm

Minamino 'not good enough' for Liverpool as 'concerns' mount at Anfield - pundit

Takumi Minamino is “not good enough” to play regularly for Liverpool, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 26-year-old is “nowhere near” the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Minamino made just his sixth start of the season as Liverpool drew 0-0 with 10-man Arsenal in the League Cup semi-final on Thursday (13 January).

The Japan international squandered a golden chance to open the scoring in the second half, blazing over from close range with the goal gaping.

The winger failed to attempt a dribble and was unsuccessful with each of his cross and long ball attempts during the clash (as per Sofascore).

When asked about Minamino’s capabilities as a back-up for Liverpool, Phillips told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “In my opinion, he’s not good enough.

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“I’ve watched a fair bit of him now, and I just don’t see that consistency. I just don’t see a Liverpool player there.

“He’s nowhere near that same league as a Mane or a Salah.

“He gives them a different option, sure, but when it boils down to it he just hasn’t got that real quality. You need that if you’re going to be a top, top player in that Liverpool side.

“It’s a concern when two of the world’s best players are missing from your team, and it really showed against Arsenal.”

Mane and Salah are currently on international duty at this year’s African Cup of Nations.

Third-place Liverpool face Brenford in the Premier League tomorrow.

Minamino has scored nine goals for the Merseysiders since joining from RB Salzburg in January 2020.

In other news, pundit predicts Liverpool could sign their own Kevin De Bruyne as £25m offer reported.