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Minamino and Liverpool both struggle as they adjust to something new

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Takumi Minamino has seen his market value go down after his exit from Liverpool. It looks as if Liverpool struck gold with the sale of Minamino. The 28-year-old has seen his stock go down since he joined Ligue 1 side Monaco on a £15.4m deal last June.

Takumi Minamino after he left Liverpool

Appreciated as a “very good signing” by Klopp when he arrived in England. Minamino has little opportunity to prove his worth. He couldn’t beat Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino who starts the front 3 with Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool snapped up the dynamic forward in December 2019. It appeared to be a bargain price of just £7.25m back in December 2019.

Despite having been called a “machine” and who “defends like a Devil” by Klopp. Minamino was restricted to a sporadic role at Anfield. He also spent the tail-end of the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Saints.

After making just 11 league appearances the previous season, the dynamic playmaker was ultimately allowed to leave for Stade Louis II ahead of the current season. Liverpool raking in almost double what they had originally paid for the player just a few years earlier.

Life in France

That sale looks even more impressive now as Minamino’s valuation decreased overall. It has been a difficult debut campaign in France for Minamino. He now is restricted to just 7 league starts to date, chipping in with one goal and three assists in that time.

Those woes ensured that the struggling player was given the title of the biggest ‘flop’ of the season. It’s fair to say that Klopp and his men have dodged a bullet. He was sold at the right time. However, you got to feel sad for him the way his career has gone. Hope he could recover his form and be back as the player he once was.

As featured on WalkOn.com

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