Liverpool boss Klopp full of praise for returning Minamino

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed forward Takumi Minamino's strength of character after Minamino overcame his injury problems to score two goals against Norwich City.

Takumi Minamino scored two goals in a League Cup contest against Norwich City. - AP

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed forward Takumi Minamino's strength of character after the Japanese international overcame his injury problems to score two goals in Tuesday's 3-0 League Cup win over Norwich City.

The versatile 26-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Southampton before suffering a thigh injury earlier this month, marked his first appearance of the current campaign with well-taken goals on either side of a Divock Origi strike.

"He's in a really good moment. I know he didn't play too much, but in the wrong moment he was injured, coming back and stuff like this," Klopp told reporters.

'Top character'

"It's sometimes not so easy, but he's a top character and he enjoyed the game. That was important for him and important for us, so that will help him and will help us."

ALSO READ - Spurs have a lot of problems to fix - Nuno

Klopp rang in the changes with nine players coming into the side, including teenagers Kaide Gordon and Conor Bradley who made their senior debuts before fellow academy player Tyler Morton came on at halftime.

The German manager was particularly impressed with the display of 16-year-old attacking midfielder Gordon.

"Yes, he's good, that's what it says about him. A lot of things to improve, a lot of things to settle, a lot of things to learn but there's a lot of things already there," Klopp said.

"We're really happy to have him around and we will treat him carefully, let me say it like this... he's a big talent."

For more updates, follow Sportstar on :