Takumi Minamino's life at Liverpool did not get off to the best of starts. The Japanese winger made just 13 appearances for the Reds after joining in the summer from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. After failing to impress and not completely settling with Jurgen Klopp's squad, Minamino was loaned out to Premier League side Southampton.
This seemed to be a great move for Minamino as Ralph Hasenhuttl, who is a former manager in the Red Bull umbrella with Red Bull Leipzig, manages Southampton. Minamino was seemingly comfortable with this system and it seemed that he would get a lot of play time for the Saints.
However, since joining Southampton FC on loan, Minamino has made just six appearances. The on loan player has failed to make an appearance for Southampton in over a month.
This lead Liverpool and Southampton representatives to meet to discuss his future. Hampshire Live report that Ralph Hasenhuttl will be offering the former Red Bull Salzburg man plenty of minutes before the season ends.
When discussing the meeting between Southampton and Liverpool, Ralph Hasenhuttl had plenty of positive things to say.
"We had communications this week, somebody here in our club to take a look at him, we discussed his position, discussed his development, and they were absolutely not unhappy."
"He has got a lot of time to play so far. He's not had so much in the last two games, but I'm sure in the last six games he will also get chances to play."
The Southampton boss went on to praise Minamino's training and said that he will get more minutes down the stretch.
"I'm sure that he will get a lot more minutes to play until the end of the season and then we will look at what we do."