Jurgen Klopp has explained Takumi Minamino's lack of game-time after the Japan international scored in Liverpool's win over Preston on Wednesday night.
The forward is yet to feature in the Premier League so far this season and has been limited to just three appearances so far during the campaign as a result.
Yet he's still scored three goals, courtesy of a brace over Norwich City in the League Cup third round, with his other appearance coming as a substitute against Porto in the Reds' 5-1 win last month.
Speaking after his side's win over Preston, Klopp hailed Minamino as Liverpool 's best player on the night but believes he can also play better.
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"Taki is a player of high quality but the problem with Taki, actually, there is no problem," the German told reporters. "But it's just the other players in his position are really good and thank God for us that we have had no injuries there.
"That is it but Taki is an outstanding moments and training-wise much better than he showed tonight and he was the most dangerous player. He scored the goal and that was important.
"He understands our game really well as well, so you can throw him in and he will immediately be a massive part of our football. Tonight he was, obviously. Taki was really good. We know he can be even better."
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Klopp also admitted it wasn't a game to see the best out of Minamino and striker Divock Origi when praising the Belgian's acrobatic scorpion kick goal.
"Divock's goal is just Divock Origi!" he said. "It was obviously not a striker's game.
"We didn't play that well and it was difficult for the strikers, but the goal he scored was quite special."