Minamino betrayed Klopp against Porto

Liverpool had no problem keeping their unbeaten run in the Champions League after tonight’s 2-0 victory over FC Porto at Anfield.

Goals from Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah secured the win for Jurgen Klopp’s team in front of their home fans after convincing iron Arsenal 4-0 this weekend in their last Premier League match.

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Takumi Minamino was a disappointment, however.

Despite playing 90 minutes of the match against the Portuguese club, Minamino only managed to have 33 touch of the ball, which was less than the 51 touches Red’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker had throughout the match.

In addition to this, Minamino failed to have much of an attacking effect, even though he started halfway between Salah and Sadio Mane.

The Japanese national team player did not even manage to register a shot on goal, he only completed one of the two dribbles he tried, only 14 exact passes and goes offside on two occasions.

Minamino also managed to win only 35% of 14 duels he was involved in and lost possession of the ball on nine occasions, which ultimately earned itself a rather uninspiring overall match rating of 6.7 / 10, making him the lowest ranked Liverpool player to start the match according to SofaScore.

Considering how Minamino scored in the 4-0 win against Arsenal after coming off the bench to replace Diogo Jota who took a beat to the knee against the Gunners, it is easy to see why Klopp gave him the chance to shine from the start.

But if you look at his performance, it is safe to say that he did not take full advantage of this opportunity to really bet on a place in the team next time for their upcoming Premier League crash against Southampton this weekend.

Did Minamino have a good match against Porto?

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With Roberto Firmino still out with a hoarding damage, it is likely that Minamino will have the chance to prove himself again in the coming weeks and months for Liverpool and when he does, he will have to make sure he makes a safer performance than the one he delivered against Porto.

Otherwise, questions may begin to be raised about his suitability to play a prominent attacking role in this team on a regular basis.

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