Taki set for LFC return as Saints prioritise Walcott deal


Takumi Minamino will return to Liverpool on the finish of his mortgage, with Ralph Hasenhuttl revealing that Southampton “haven’t had any negotiations” over a everlasting deal. 

Minamino has defined how his mid-season swap to St Mary’s has helped restore the arrogance misplaced throughout his trip of the aspect at Liverpool, having scored twice in six video games thus far.

The 26-year-old will not be holding down a daily beginning position below Hasenhuttl, nevertheless, with Theo Walcott, Stuart Armstrong, Moussa Djenepo, Nathan Redmond, Che Adams and Danny Ings all rotated as a part of his entrance line.

Walcott’s type on mortgage seems to have dominated out a everlasting transfer to the south coast for Minamino, with Hasenhuttl confirming the membership are in talks with the Englishman over a free switch when his contract with Everton expires.

In the meantime, the supervisor has revealed that Southampton “haven’t had any negotiations” of that sort with Liverpool relating to their No. 18.

“We don’t even know what Liverpool thinks in regards to the participant in the summertime,” he informed the Southern Day by day Echo.

“The deal was to present him sport time throughout the first half of the yr when he’s right here.

“That is what we did positively, till now, and hopefully he’ll get much more time to play.”

Minamino’s feedback on his sport time at Southampton are encouraging, with the ahead clearly extra snug than he was throughout his first yr at Liverpool, which may bode effectively upon his anticipated return.

However as Hasenhuttl assessed the state of affairs, the Austrian offered a contradictory view.

“It’s by no means good for a participant for those who don’t have the sport time you need to have,” he mentioned.

“It’s all the time laborious solely to coach and never see the attitude to be a part of the squad, or the primary XI. This positively then helps your mentality once you get a carry and an opportunity to play.

“That is what I all the time say when gamers like to affix huge golf equipment, as a result of they get some huge cash there and so they get a variety of reward for being part of one of many prime six or no matter.

“However it is just for a brief second when you’re completely satisfied about it as a result of ultimately when you’re not taking part in sufficient instances and when you’re probably not essential for the membership, then it feels very terrible in a short time.”

Nonetheless, he concluded: “In the intervening time it’s a little bit tougher, however nonetheless along with his high quality right here he has scored a number of good targets for us thus far. I’m completely satisfied to have him on the bench.”

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