Takumi Minamino hasn’t started a Liverpool game since the 2-0 win over FC Midtjylland in October.

As per the Daily Mail, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has said the Japanese international’s time will come.

He praised the way Minamino has been training, underlining his strong performance on Monday.

With Roberto Firmino out for tonight’s clash against Atalanta, Minamino may get the nod in attack, although Mo Salah is clear to play.

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“There is no dip in form,” said Klopp. “Taki is training well, (on Monday) he was exceptional for example.

“It’s just a strong team, and offensively – thank God – we didn’t have the same problems as the other positions. It’s hard to get in this team – that’s how it is.

‘But no dip in form, just a challenge. Taki is a sensational boy and a great player, so he will face that challenge. His time will come, no doubt.”

Perhaps Minamino was bought last January to be Liverpool’s first choice off the bench to freshen up the front three, but he took a bit of time to settle.

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That’s in contrast to summer signing Diogo Jota, who has hit the ground running.

His start has been so good that he forced his way into Klopp’s plans for the toughest league game of the season on paper, away against Manchester City.

That has made it even harder for Minamino to get his chance, but it doesn’t seem to have impacted his training performances.

Tonight’s match looks a good opportunity for him to get a game, although Salah’s return may mean he has to be patient once more.

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