Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen trusts Shinji Kagawa will improve on his recent performances and return to his best form sooner rather than later.
Kagawa moved back to Dortmund after having a tumultuous two-year spell at Manchester United where he failed to fulfil the promise which brought him to Old Trafford.
Having re-joined Dortmund, the grass has most certainly not been greener as the former German champions are having a terrible season and up until recently were bottom of the Bundesliga.
Kagawa has come into criticism for his performances but Klopp has backed the Japanese playmaker to improve: “Shinji is no warrior in defence, that’s for sure. But we didn’t buy him to play centre-back,” Klopp said.
“He came from a, let’s say, a not so fantastic situation from Manchester United, he started well when he got back to Dortmund, but now he isn’t playing that great anymore.
“So it’s possible that you disappear for a while. A lot of players return to form a little bit quicker.
“I mean, Kagawa’s first half performance against Anderlecht wasn’t good, but in the second half he improved.
“It’s all about building and improving our quality as a team in the few training sessions we have over the next couple of weeks.
“But Kagawa has extraordinary skills. He hasn’t lost them.”
By the sounds of it, Kagawa’s performances are very similar to those at United where, overall, he underwhelmed and left fans wanting more.
Kagawa’s a talented player but United were certainly right to sell him in the summer because he wouldn’t be getting any game time at all under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.