From a Liverpool perspective, this pause in action sucks. In fact, it’s hard to think of a worse time to stop play. A rare defeat, at home no less, that sees us out of Europe? Two wins away from lifting the trophy that has eluded our grasp for three decades? Forgetting all that, we are deprived the pure joy of watching the best Liverpool side in decades. Yeah. Sucks.
But it must also be frustrating for the players, especially for some fringe players who are still trying to stake a claim in the world’s best side. Such is the case with Takumi Minamino.
Minamino seemed like an absolute steal when Liverpool made a rare dip into the January transfer market. We had seen his undeniable quality up close and personal when he came to town with RB Salzburg, but as is the case with many new signings under Klopp, he didn’t exactly hit the ground running.
However, his former manager at Salzburg, Jesse Marsch, has heard good reports out of Liverpool, and thinks it’ll start coming off sooner or later on Merseyside for Minamino.
“I think over time, they’re going to figure out more and more and more that he can play almost any of the front six positions for Liverpool,” Marsch said in an interview with ESPN FC.
“Because he’s so smart and clever, he’ll figure things out and get better as he goes. I’ve heard that in training he’s done really well and they’ve [Liverpool coaches] been really impressed, but in games it just hasn’t come together for him.
“It might take a little bit of time, but knowing Taki he’s a guy who has so much drive and will find a way to get better every day. It’ll only be a matter of time.”
There are so many reasons to want football to return, especially as a Liverpool fan. Seeing the likes of Minamino, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all staking claims to be in this squad will be a major source of joy when football returns.
Seriously, football cannot come back soon enough.