Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino was an obvious absentee during the Premier League game at Norwich City on Saturday night.
Eyebrows were raised immediately it was evident that the Japanese international won’t be part of the Premier League Matchday 26 squad to face basement club Norwich City at Carrow Road.
The reason behind his omission has now been revealed by James Pearce who works for the Liverpool Echo.
According to him, Takumi Minamino was left out of the Liverpool squad for the Norwich City game for tactical reasons.
The Japanese attacker has not been able to impose himself on the Liverpool squad since his transfer to the club this year.
The absence of Takumi Minamino at Norwich City shows the strength of the squad at the disposal of Jurgen Klopp especially after a lot of his players returned to full fitness.
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One of such players Sadio Mane was responsible for the only goal of the game as the Reds needed to dig deep to win the game at the expense of the Canaries.
Senegalese international Sadio Mane came off the bench to score the only goal of the game in the 78th minute.
The 1-0 win was enough to take Liverpool 25 points clear of Manchester City in second place. Manchester City are the Premier League champions having won it in each of the last two seasons.
Manchester City will lose their title to Liverpool unless there’s a monumental collapse on the part of the Reds.
Liverpool have won their last 17 league games since the goalless draw at the home of arch-rivals Manchester United.
In 26 Premier League games, Liverpool have dropped points in just one match.
Takumi Minamino is expected to get a Premier League winners medal even if he doesn’t play much football between now and the end of the current campaign.