Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino played well against Chelsea last night, but he believes that Minamino’s teammates did not use the Japan international enough.

Liverpool’s poor run of form continued against Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup last night. The Reds left Stamford Bridge with a 2-0 defeat due to goals scored by Willian and Ross Barkley.

Since the Premier League winter break, Liverpool have lost three games out of five across all competitions. In those five matches, the Reds have conceded eight goals.

Minamino, who signed for Liverpool from RB Salzburg for a transfer fee of £7.25 million in the recent January window, was a positive from the game against Chelsea.

Klopp believes that Minamino’s teammates, in particular right-back Neco Williams, could have used the Japan international more throughout the match.

As quoted by Metro, Klopp said: “Takumi (Minamino) had a really good game. We could have used him much more often.

“If Neco (Williams) sees him once or twice he was completely free at the edge [of the box], he shot the cross more or less. If he’d seen him it would have helped.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: Takumi Minamino of Liverpool during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on March 03, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Klopp arguably does have a point. Sadio Mane was the main attacking threat on the pitch for Liverpool last night, which means most of the service went to him.

There were times when Minamino was the better option, but he was ignored. As time progresses and Minamino becomes more of a name at Anfield, his teammates will begin to give him that respect.

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