Takumi Minamino signs for Liverpool

On Thursday it was finally announced that Japan forward Takumi Minamino would be moving to Liverpool FC. This came after the club met his release clause of £7.25m with Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg. It came after the highly-rated 24-year-old who has been in impressive form recently with club and country. 

Liverpool getting a talent 

Liverpool, as a club am sure, will know everything that Minamino has to offer but for those fans of the club here is a bit about the player. At 24-years-old the attack-minded player is coming in to the best stage of his career and in recent times has started to show his quality.

Despite being part of the Japan squad that travelled to Russia in 2018 he only played a total of four minutes at the World Cup. However, when the new Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu came in he looked to build for the future after experienced players announced their retirement.

That then led to him playing almost every minute of Japan's Asian Cup campaign although, in the end, it was to be a disappointing tournament for the Samurai Blue. On a personal level though Minamino started to show promise during this competition and picked up a single goal albeit in the 3-1 final defeat over Qatar.

He moved on for this with his country however and has scored in all four of the World Cup qualifying matches he has played for Japan so far. This included a brace in a 3-0 win over Tajikistan making it five in four.

While at club level he has been at Red Bull Salzburg since 2014 when he signed from Cerezo Osaka. In his time at the club, he picked up a total of nine trophies, five league titles and four Austrian FA Cups.

This season he has scored five from 14 league matches while playing out on the right and cutting in. It is these goals and the impressive performances for his club in the league and during the Champions League that caught Liverpool's eye. After all, they couldn't have not noticed him after his impressive performance against the English side in October when he even scored despite Liverpool running out 4-3 winners in the end. 

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