New Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino played his first game for the Reds in the FA Cup against Everton, and it wasn’t the worst debut from the Japanese star.
It was a relatively quiet game from the No.18, but that’s to be expected when he hasn’t played a game in about a month.
Minamino looked lively in the first 30 minutes of the game, but increasingly got lost in the game as time went on and was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just after the hour mark.
Not everyone was sold on the Japanese international, and that may have a little something to do with us scoring immediately after him going off – but it’s far too early to make any judgements on the new lad.
Take a look at what some people have been saying:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ready to make his return as he comes on for Minamino.
Good debut for Taki and great to have Ox back!
Liverpool 0-0 Everton [70’]
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) January 5, 2020
Minamino's Liverpool debut comes to an end. A very good opening 30 minutes, a hard working first half. Quiet in the second, certainly promising signs of how he will fit in.
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) January 5, 2020
Decent debut from Minamino despite not playing since mid-December#LIVEVE
— LFCFanz (@LFCFanz) January 5, 2020
70 minutes in his debut for LFC, what a player Minamino looks already
— Tom Jones (@TomJ2194) January 5, 2020
Quiet debut from Minamino, but you have to expect that
Gonna take the man a while to adjust, thats fine
— LFCKoptalker 6️⃣ (@LFC_Koptalker) January 5, 2020
Evertonians were hopeful going into the FA Cup game, as Liverpool were expected to field an inexperienced side – and we did – as they put out their most senior team.
The Blues put in a good shift in the first half, but they increasingly got lost in the game and the Reds were able to dominate large portions of the game.
It says a lot about our second string that they’re able to play to well against one of the better Premier League sides and get a result.