Rumours circulated that Liverpool were preparing for a busy January window. Jurgen Klopp’s comments suggest that Liverpool have the versatility to give their side strength in depth.
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may have suggested that his side won’t be overly busy in the January transfer window after revealing the versatility of Takumi Minamino.
The Reds spent just £34million over the summer to bring in defender Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
Many expected Klopp would push for a top-notch replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Reds seemed to trust fringe players Thiago alcantara, Thiago Keita, Alex Oxlade–Chamberlain and Curtis Jones to step in instead.
Klopp recently revealed that Liverpool still has depth.
Speaking after the Reds beat Arsenal 4-0 thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Minamino, the latter was revealed as one of Liverpool’s most versatile players.
“You can’t imagine how happy I am with Taki (Minamino), He’s in an incredible moment and today he was actually our solution for four positions, I think.
“Five positions actually because he could have played both eight positions and all three upfront. He’s in a really good moment and you see that.
“I’m pretty sure he played really well for Japan in the international games. Now he’s here and very important for us.”
Minamino arrived at Anfield in 2020 for £7million after he impressed against the Reds whilst playing for Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League.
The Japanese winger hasn’t had too many chances to impress in the Premier League due to Klopp’s front three of Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino being pretty set in stone.
Opportunities are on the horizon for Salah and Mane, who will be absent at the African Cup of Nations in January.
Klopp continued: “We’re so happy, everybody was so happy for him that he scored the goal. He played today in a way that reflects his current training.
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“He will have games, no doubt about that.”
Liverpool have previously been linked with signing another forward over January too as a short-term fix for the potential goal drought, and Klopp’s update on injured winger Harvey Elliott suggests that still come to light.
After sustaining a terrible ankle injury against Leeds, the English forward was unable to continue his participation in the Premier League season.
The tackle needed surgery in September, which left Blackburn’s former loanee temporarily sidelined for several more months. However, the 18-year old could return sooner than expected, although he is still in the early stages of his recovery.
Elliott is at the beginning of his injury rehabilitation. But, he is taking it on head-on.
“He is still in a very early stage of his recovery and it’s important to keep expectations around his return realistic. He is still a long way off being able to train fully with the team, let alone play in a game.
“But his progress is positive and it’s more about how he has responded and how he has attacked his rehab. It’s a perfect example of how you should react when facing a setback.”
It remains to see who arrives in Merseyside on January and whether Minamino will be the answer to many Liverpool fans’ woes.