Takumi Minamino’s former boss reveals his text messages about his Liverpool teammates following his January transfer from RB Salzburg.
Liverpool pulled off quite the heist in the January transfer window when they scooped up Takumi Minamino for merely £7.25million. Along with Erling Haaland, the Japan international was their stand out performer both in the Austrian League and the Champions League.
His boss at Salzburg, Jesse Marsch, has revealed that Minamino and him have remained in contact through text messages. He admitted that the Japanese was initially unsettled at Anfield. However, he has since made friends and is now happy at the club.
Takumi Minamino’s former boss reveals his text messages about his Liverpool teammates
Marsch told Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red podcast:
“He is happy [at Liverpool] – he has talked about training being good and the guys being good guys.
“Taki will only turn up every day and do everything possible to try to improve.
“We’ve texted and checked in on different things. I give him a hard time about learning better English because I had to learn so much German, and now it’s his turn to come to my side a little more.
“But he knows nothing will be given to him but he is willing to work for whatever – that’s his mentality.”
Minamino has been limited to just 8 appearances since switching sides in the summer.
He has openly spoken on the subject and claimed that he would strife to impress his boss Jurgen Klopp back in March.
“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,” said Minamino.
“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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