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The game against Eveton was the most "Intense" of my life - Takumi Minamino on Liverpool system

The game against Eveton was the most "Intense" of my life - Takumi Minamino on Liverpool system
January signing Takumi Minamino made his debut in the Merseyside derby on Sunday night, and revealed Liverpool's style of play is similar to that of his former club Salzburg


Takumi Minamino says his Liverpool debut against Everton was one of the most "intense" games he's ever played in - but adds he's not surprised.

The Japanese forward made his first appearance for the Reds following his £7.25million January transfer from Salzburg, before making way for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on 70 minutes.

Minamino revealed Liverpool's style of play was similar Salzburg's but admitted the system was different, and something he has to get used to.
Takumi Minamino says his Liverpool debut against Everton was "intense" (Image: PETER POWELL/EPA-EFE/REX)
"I'm happy that now I'm a part of this team," said Minamino.

"It was probably one of the most intense matches I've played, but I knew the Premier League would be like that so I wasn't surprised.


"The way we press aggressively, the way we press back, the way we use the space between lines is similar to Salzburg.


"But the system is not the same so I have to understand the difference and fit myself into this team. I think this is the best stadium for a footballer. The fans were great and I'm just glad we won."


Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones scored the only goal of the third-round clash, beating Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford with a stunning effort.

On the match, Jurgen Klopp said: "I saw a sensationally good performance of a not very experienced team with a lot of players playing for the first time on this kind of stage, in front of this crowd, against the opponent.


"It was outstanding. I loved it - I loved each second of this game. If you want to be a Liverpool player, you have to respect the principles of this club.

"We cannot always play the best football in the world but we can fight like nobody else. And as long as we use our principles, we will be a difficult opponent to play against."

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