Liverpool tipped to make millions on bargain £7.25m transfer
Mark Lawrenson believes Takumi Minamino has the talent to be a top player but isn't convinced he'll get the opportunity to show it at Liverpool
Mark Lawrenson has cast doubt on whether Takumi Minamino has a future at Liverpool.
The Japanese midfielder has made 10 appearances across all competitions this season, but is very much a peripheral figure in Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
Minamino is unlikely to start in front of the likes Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho in Klopp’s three man midfield and may have to be content with a bit-part role if he wants to stay at Anfield.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson, praised the 26-year-old's work rate, but believes he will continue to struggle for minutes at the club.
“I’ve never known anyone run so much, he runs everywhere. Sometimes you think with him, just slow down a minute, chew the grass and see what’s happening around,” Lawrenson said on LFC TV's Preview Show.
“He’s got the makings of a top player. Whether he does it here, I am not sure.
“If the worst comes to the worst and they decide that he’s not going to make it then we’re going to make a lot of money on him.”
Minamino joined Liverpool from Austrian club RB Salzburg in January of last year after the club triggered his £7.25 million release clause.
After struggling to establish himself in the Reds’ first team he joined Southampton on a six month loan deal a year later, where he scored two goals in 10 games.
In total the Japanese international has made 41 appearances for Klopp’s side, scoring eight goals and notching two assists.
Minamino was an unused substitute during Liverpool's win at Wolves on Saturday, Divock Origi scored a last minute winner to seal a 1-0 victory which briefly sent the Reds top of the Premier League following Chelsea's defeat at West Ham.
However, City are now top of the table following their 3-1 win at Watford, with Klopp's side a point behind in second.