Awesome Takumi Minamino, central defender battle and other things learned from the Liverpool squad


Liverpool returned to Melwood on Wednesday as Jurgen Klopp’s team continued training before the Premier League restarted.

The Reds hit the road on June 20 against Everton in the Merseyside derby, and with only two wins needed to clinch the Premier League title, Klopp’s men seem to be in good spirits.

Rondos were the order of the day in training clips broadcast by the club on LFCTV. Here are four things we learned from the Liverpool formation.

Takumi Minamino looks clean

It is fair to say that Takumi Minamino had a slow start to his career in Liverpool.

The Japanese international signed with RB Leipzig in January for £ 7.25 million, but the Reds have yet to see the best of him.

He looked good in training before the restart as he joined a rondo led by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and vice-captain James Milner.

We can hear Milner shouting “yes Taki!” At one point and the 25-year-old impresses with his ability to keep the ball in motion and his skill, passing it past Sadio Mane and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool fans will hope to see Minamino at its best when the Reds return.

The central defender’s battle is back

Liverpool have had a difficult season with injuries and one of the hardest hit departments has been the defense of Klopp.

Joel Matip missed a big chunk of the season before Dejan Lovren was also injured.

Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are now established as Klopp’s first central pairing, but for long periods, Matip and Lovren have not had a chance to challenge this partnership.

All four returned to fitness before the season ended and all looked sharp in training on Wednesday.

Gomez and Van Dijk may be the first choice but Matip and Lovren are clearly pushing hard for a chance by the end of the season.

Van Dijk is not kidding

Virgil van Dijk during a training session at the Melwood Training Ground on June 03, 2020

Virgil van Dijk is a natural leader and the great Dutchman clearly sets high standards in everything he does.

The competitive Dutchman can be heard aloud by counting throughout the rounds and when he gives the ball and is forced to take his place in the middle, he blows up a hose to recover it.

Dejan Lovren’s interception is greeted with a cry of “yes, I like it” – even if he is later caught off guard by a Mohamed Salah pass.

Salah all smiles

Speaking of Mo Salah, the Egyptian was all smiles as he trained on Wednesday.

Salah laughed with his best friend Dejan Lovren after the Croatian cut one of his passes before turning the jokes towards Van Dijk.

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The tall Dutchman failed to get a pass from Salah and the striker was quick to point out that it was not his fault.

“It’s very bad,” we can hear Salah, before telling Van Dijk to “just react”, laughing at his teammates.

What was clear was that the spirits are very high in Melwood before the return.


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