Klopp hails Minamino influence

22 September 2021 19:26:56 CET
Minamino earns Klopp praise

Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Takumi Minamino after his brace helped Liverpool to earn a 3-0 victory over Norwich in the Carabao Cup.

Liverpool went out in the fourth round of the competition last season and they haven't won the EFL Cup since 2011-12, but they can be backed at 4/6 to go all the way this season.

Klopp made nine changes to his starting XI for Tuesday's trip to Carrow Road, handing senior debuts to Connor Bradley and Kaide Gordon, while fringe players like Minamino and Divock Origi were also deployed from the outset.

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Origi and Minamino combined for the opener as the latter slotted home from close range, before Origi doubled their advantage early in the second half.

Minamino, who was making his first appearance of the season after recovering from injury, rounded off an accomplished display with his second in the closing stages to give Klopp plenty to think about ahead of Saturday's trip to Brentford.

Klopp told Liverpool's official website: "It is just a logical thing. He is in a really good moment; I know he didn’t play too much, but in the wrong moment he was injured, coming back and stuff like this.

"It is sometimes not so easy, but he is a top character and he enjoyed the game tonight. That was important for him and important for us, so that will help him and will help us."

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