Takumi Minamino is uncertain whether he has a future at Liverpool, admitting that he is unsure where he will be in 2021-22, but the Japan international is up for the task of fighting for minutes on Merseyside with Mohamed Salah and co.
Since moving to Anfield in January 2020, the versatile 26-year-old has found frequent chances difficult to come by, with fierce competition for places finally forcing him to join Southampton on loan.
Jurgen Klopp is supposed to integrate Minamino back into his ranks this summer before making any long-term plans, although there are no assurances that he will stay with the Reds for an extended period.
“I’m focused on the moment and what I can do now,” Minamino told Kyodo News.
“As a footballer, I have no idea where I’ll be in six months, but I want to be playing at a high level.”
“It was really difficult to get a chance in that squad, but that was always the challenge for me from the beginning, so I wasn’t in a pessimistic mood at all, even in training,” he said of the problems presented to him by Salah and Sadio Mane at Liverpool.
“It was just a matter of trying to play in games, getting into the starting lineup, and finding out how to get there.”
For the time being, Minamino is concentrating on bringing the new campaign to a successful conclusion at St Mary’s.
He has two goals for Southampton, in addition to his four for Liverpool, and feels he made the right decision to move to the south coast during the winter transfer window.