Klopp's Liverpool changing room decision to help Takumi Minamino

Klopp's Liverpool changing room decision to help Takumi Minamino

Takumi Minamino has been sat between Sadio Mane and Naby Keita in the Liverpool changing room to help with his assimilation.

The Japan international forward was signed for £7.25million from Salzburg in the January transfer window, but has already made five appearances in all competitions.

Minamino is currently learning English, and while doing so has been speaking in German to his manager Jurgen Klopp and to his team-mates who understand the language.

Sadio Mane and Naby Keita - both of whom played for Minamino's former club Salzburg - speak German, and Klopp has placed the Japanese star in between the duo in the changing room to help him settle in.

"You know that you are part of the team, but because my English is not good enough yet their help has been really important," Minamino told Liverpool's official website.

"They are still helping me on some occasions and during the first days they taught me the team rules, things like what time the meetings started and how the team functions on a daily basis.

"At the moment I speak a lot with the players who can speak German."

Liverpool are currently 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League after 25 matches played this season.

The Reds dropped points just once against Manchester United, and take on Norwich next time out before their Champions League Round of 16 clash with Atletico Madrid.

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