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Liverpool: Minamino’s “complete” display gives Klopp a headache

Liverpool are through to the quarter-final of the FA Cup, following their 2-1 win at home to Norwich last night, with Takumi Minamino netting both goals.

That makes it four strikes in his last three games that he has taken part in for club and country, and five in total since the start of the year for the star who currently has a £10.8m valuation.

His first goal, a tidy finish after a neat touch in a tight area, came 12 minutes before the second, a thunderous half-volley from inside the area.

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It was two goals who showed why, in the words of Ian Doyle, he could become the club’s “new Luis Suarez”, replicating the Uruguayan’s remarkable record against the Canaries.

The 27-year-old forward, who has been tipped to be replaced in the Summer with the likes of Marco Asensio and Darwin Nunez linked, completed 66% of his dribble attempts as well as 82% of his passes including one key pass.

His goals were also a sign of his clinical nature, having just had three shots all game with the other one blocked during his 67 touches of the ball.

With a scoring frequency of one goal every 47 minutes in the Premier League and one every 68 minutes in the FA Cup, it’s hard not to see why some Liverpool fans are hoping to see the winger get more chances.

Manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise at the end of the game for his often over-looked midfielder, having made 22 appearances in all competitions this season with 14 of those coming from the bench.

“His [Minamino’s] impression was obvious with scoring two goals and not only that – he had a lot more top, top football moments,” said Klopp.

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“He was a constant threat tonight, he was mobile, he was quick. He was technically on an incredibly high level; it was really windy tonight and when you then saw how he controlled the balls when he had to bring down the high balls, that was all really, really, really good.

“It was really a complete performance. The two goals were great but all the rest he did was top-class as well. It was really good.”

The Reds boss is going to have to rotate his way through the next couple of weeks, with five games in 15 days scheduled – but the Japan international may have just earned himself an important role in the German’s upcoming plans.

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