Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino has lifted the lid on why he has not featured much since making a £7.25m move to Anfield in January.
The Japan international’s signing was widely lauded as the bargain of the window but, nearly three months on, he has made only six appearances for the Reds and played just 77 minutes of Premier League action.
Reports emerged earlier this week suggesting that Minamino is simply not yet up to speed with the demands of manager Jurgen Klopp and is yet to properly settle in England .
Now, Minamino has opened up on his first few months at the club, revealing that he still needs to ‘win the trust’ of his new team-mates.
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Speaking to Liverpool's official website , the 25-year-old said: “In the last three months there have been areas which I'm quite happy about. But personally I would love to contribute more to goals and assists – I'm feeling very hungry about that.
“I don't really know how much I still need to learn. But day by day, I'm feeling that I understand his [Klopp's] philosophies and I'm getting better.
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“I have to show results. I think this is very important in order to win trust from the teammates and trust from the supporters. I think this is a very important thing that I have to achieve.
“I have been in this club for three months and I haven't played many games and my playing time is not that much – but this is not a good excuse.
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“In order to appeal to my teammates and [for them to] understand what I'm good at, I have to do what I really need to do.
“I think I'm still [learning] to fully understand the team, but I still hate to wait. In order to make an instant impact and make a contribution to the team, I'm doing my best every day.
“I only have limited chances but when the manager needs me, I have to show the results of the manager's expectations.”
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