Jesse Marsch saw Minamino leave his Red Bull Salzburg team and join the Reds in January, just weeks after he faced them in the Champions League group stage in Austria.
In October, Minamino had an excellent performance at Anfield and scored a superb volley in the 4-3 defeat for Salzburg, but so far he has struggled to make much impact in his seven games at Liverpool before the suspension of football.
Marsch is confident that he will end up proving a hit to Anfield.
” When I came [to the club], I knew it was going to be a big part of who we were. He’s smart, very smart, “the American told ESPN FC.
“He is not purely explosive but he understands football, he knows how to make final games and tactics.
“What you have in Liverpool is so many talented and experienced players playing in front of him, so it might take some time for Taki to establish himself in this group.
“I think over time they will find out more and more that he can play almost any of the top six positions for Liverpool.
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“Because he is so smart and intelligent, he will understand things and improve as he goes.
“I’ve heard that in training he did very well and they were very impressed, but in the games it didn’t happen for him.
“It may take a little while, but knowing that Taki is a guy who has so much driving and will find a way to improve himself every day. It will only be a matter of time. “