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Jurgen Klopp has given an update on Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino, which will be ‘very important’ for the Reds throughout January.
Minamino played his first appearance in over two weeks during Liverpool’s 4-1 FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town on Sunday. He came off the bench during the break to get some important minutes after an unknown injury.
The 26-year-old Japanese national team player can start in the Premier League and Carabao Cup as Klopp is without Mo Salah and Sadio Mane due to the Africa Cup of Nations.
The German needs Minamino to step up with Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota.
When asked about Minamino, Klopp told reporters: “Taki was injured. Nothing serious, but serious enough that he could not play.
“It’s hopefully not the longest rehab in his life – or maybe it was hopefully the longest rehab.
“But he’s back and very important to us, very, very important – especially when we have a lot of games on the way and we know two of our main players up front are not here.
“It’s good. I liked Taki a lot when he came on the field (as a replacement). He’s actually in really good shape, but of course the injury interrupted it a bit.
“But now he’s back, it’s good, and we desperately need him.”
Klopp has also given an update on Spanish midfielder Thiago. The 30-year-old has been out with Covid in recent weeks, but is also suffering from an injury.
Klopp said: “It’s something around the hip. That’s the situation – he needs time. He did not train this week, but we expect him to start rehabilitation from Monday.
“It’s not like he’s out before the end of the season.”
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Meanwhile, Loris Karius was able to leave Anfield in January, according to Liverpool coach John Achterberg.
The goalkeeper has spent the last three seasons out on loan, in Besiktas and Union Berlin respectively.
He’s back on Merseyside, but is behind Alisson, Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher in Klopp’s plans.
During an interview with Athletics, Achterberg said of Karius: “Ultimately, it’s up to him, his agent and the club to try to find a solution. Hopefully one will come this month.
“It does not help anyone to sit for another six months without the feeling that you are really fighting for something. It will not improve him.
“He needs to use his quality to make a career now. Loris has a lot of good qualities.”
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