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Could Minamino Replace Firmino or Mane?

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One pundit thinks the most recent Liverpool signing is the next man up

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We certainly live in uncertain times. No one really knows when football will be normal again, but just a handful of weeks ago we were concerned about the happenings on the pitch. A question popular with Liverpool fans was, “who replaces the front three if one of them gets hurt? Or worse, one of them wants to leave?”

Well, former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips thinks that Liverpool already have the replacement on the roster in Takumi Minamino.

“Klopp has eased him in gently. That is good management.” Phillips said in an interview with Football Insider.

”Do not put pressure on the kid straight away and let him get to know the squad.

”Of course, trying to dislodge one of that front-three is hard but he has had some game time.

”He is one of those that Klopp has in place if Sadio Mane was to leave or Roberto Firmino.

”Maybe there is a replacement there, but when you have those three at your club you are not getting in front of them.

”You have to be patient. He looks like he has qualities. Given time he will be a good one.”

If and when Liverpool gets back in action, Minamino should prove to be a valuable piece.