Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has stated that Takumi Minamino handled his Premier League debut for Liverpool very well.

The Reds defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at the Molineux Stadium last night thanks to goals scored by Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool now possess a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand.

However, it was not the perfect night for the Reds, as Sadio Mane injured his hamstring in the first-half.

That meant that Minamino, who signed for Liverpool from Salzburg in January, was handed his Premier League debut for the Reds.

Klopp believes that the Japan international handled himself well, despite the fact it was a difficult clash to debut in. Klopp also stated that Minamino played through a minor injury.

“We played slightly differently tonight than usual, we defended in 4-4-2 and offensive we were in our normal shape,” Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 23: Takumi Minamino of Liverpool runs after the ball during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on January 23, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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“Taki has had two or three weeks training with us now in different positions, he played centrally in the FA Cup, he can play right or left, we need him but he is not a winger in this case.

“He is a player for between the lines. Oxlade had to be a little higher (after Minamino came on).

“It was really difficult for Taki. He injured his calf towards half-time, he had to have a bit of treatment, he felt nothing and could go through so he should be fine.

“For his first Premier League game he did really well, and is completely integrated in the team.”

Klopp does raise a fair point. Wolves have been exceptional this season, and the fact they have defeated Manchester City twice in the 2019-20 Premier League campaign backs that statement up.

Wolves played well on the night against Liverpool, but Minamino did not appear to be intimated by the opposition.

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