Speaking to Atsuto Uchida (as per Goal), he said: “I don’t know what will happen, but for now, for the preseason, I’d like to go back to Liverpool and do my best there.”
In order for Minamino to be a success at Liverpool, he needs to be given a consistent run of games and if Klopp truly believes that the Japan international “is an important player” then he needs to be willing to give him that game-time.
Last season was something of an anomaly for Liverpool, with their injury problems at the back leaving Klopp unwilling to experiment in other areas of the pitch, as evidenced by the fact that Georginio Wijnaldum and Andrew Robertson featured in every single league game, while Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino missed just six between them.
This season, though, it is unlikely that lightning will strike twice and players like Minamino and Kostas Tsimikas who have not been afforded much of an opportunity could be given more of an extended chance to show their worth.
They just need to take the opportunity when it comes their way.