“Many of the games I played weren’t of interest to anyone. Even if I left the results, there wasn’t much response. I was trying to inspire myself to prove my worth," said Minamino.
“I was doing personal training other than team training. I didn’t want to keep up with my body when I entered the game because I wasn’t in the game, so I did personal training with Plus Alpha.
“I was thinking that I would leave something behind when I went to the match mentally. I felt motivated by regret and anger every day. I’ve never had this much time as a player. It was difficult to maintain the condition and connect with my feelings.
“But it was a season that seemed to have grown. It was disappointing but fulfilling. At the same time, it makes sense to play an important game and leave a result, so it is said that I got out and got a result, but I do not think it was a big deal.
“I just did the obvious thing. It was more disappointing than the response. I want to do my best to be a player who can produce results in important games.”
Anfield Watch Verdict
Minamino has been very respectful about his situation since joining the club back in 2020. In fact, this is the first time he has really spoken about his situation at Liverpool.
To me, it seems like the Japanese international has played his final game in a Liverpool shirt and that's why he is coming out with these comments.
However, even though I understand why he feels like this, every Reds game is important and Minamino played a huge part in us winning the double last season.
The fans adore him and his contribution towards the club will forever live on in our minds.
Hopefully Minamino can find a club where he is playing week in and week out, as that's clearly what he needs at the moment.