Liverpool won’t ‘panic’ after Takumi Minamino statement

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Takumi Minamino is ‘coming out of his shell’ at Liverpool – as Virgil van Dijk reassured there was no panic following the Community Shield loss. Minamino scored his first goal since arriving from Red Bull Salzburg in January in the equalizer against Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday.

It was the culmination of another impressive display from the bench by the Japan international, which has been much improved since returning to action in June.

And Van Dijk is convinced the Premier League champions are now starting to see the best of the 25-year-old.

“I think Taki has been very good,” said the Dutchman. “After the lockdown he was the Taki we all saw when we played against him in Salzburg.

“He’s very, very energetic and he’s a fantastic player.

“It’s good for him that he comes out of his shell and for us too. “

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The Minamino leveler with 17 minutes from time brought the game to penalties, with Liverpool losing 5-4 on penalties for the second year in a row following the loss to Manchester City 12 months ago.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang had given Arsenal an early lead with a signature curling finish after the Reds were trapped in the counterattack.

And Van Dijk admitted: “It was a good finish, but we should have done better there and we shouldn’t have let him get back on his right foot, but he obviously finished.

“We are disappointed but we must move forward. Last year we also lost on penalties and won the league so we shouldn’t panic but obviously we wanted to win. ”

Van Dijk is now among several Liverpool players leaving for international service, hampering Jurgen Klopp’s preparation for the Premier League opener at home against Leeds United on 12 September.

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And the Netherlands international, speaking to liverpoolfc.com, said: “Obviously now we’re going to different countries, it’s going to be different but the situation we’re in, everyone in the league has to do face, so we have to make sure we’re ready for after the internationals against Leeds.

“It will be a very difficult year, a very difficult year full of games that we all want to play, but it’s going to be difficult.

“We have to manage ourselves well, be very professional and dedicate ourselves a lot to the season, rest, eat well, sleep well and I hope the fans can contribute and I hope to see them again soon in the stadium. definitely boosts each of us.

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