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Ex-Liguepool striker Takumi Minamino has been branded the ‘flop of the season’ in Ligue 1 so far

Former Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino has been branded the Ligue 1 flop of the season by the French media so far.

The 27-year-old ended his two-and-a-half-year stint with the Reds this summer when he joined Monaco for £15million.

Since joining his new club, Minamino has been limited to just two Ligue 1 starts and has been used off the bench six times.

After just eight games, the Japanese star was named the biggest flop by Quotidien Du Sport.

Justifying their decision, they said: “The Japanese had to speed up the Monegasque game and get their attack moving. In nine games, he played six and never stayed on the court more than 67 minutes.

“Substituted or substituted on, Minamino seems too physically frail and struggles with the intensity of the tackles. We understand why he hasn’t won in the Premier League.”

Minamino brushed aside criticism as he scored his first goal for Monaco in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Reims.

During his time at Merseyside he was mainly used as a substitute after struggling for consistency.

But Minamino had his best season with the Reds last season. He scored 10 goals, seven of them in cup competitions, as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the domestic double.

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