Liverpool confirm the signing of Minamino

19.12.2019.  
Liverpool confirm the signing of Minamino

Liverpool has been surprisingly dormant on the transfer market this summer, with only a reserve goalkeeper and a couple of youngsters arriving. But the Reds have now secured a proper reinforcement for the January transfer window, as Takumi Minamino has been presented at Enfield before.


The Japanese winger arrives from Red Bull Salzburg as the champions of Europe have activated his release clause of €8,500,000. Minamino, 24-years-old, will join up with his new team officially on January 1st, but he has signed a four and a half year contract with the Premier League leaders.


"It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player. And I’m so excited that the moment has come true. I’ve known about it for a while. Yes, I have seen and heard about the fans’ excitement. But I was calm. Liverpool is a very famous team in Japan as well and it is a dream for a football player to play in such a team. It didn’t take me long to come to a decision," said Minamino for liverpoolfc.com.


Jurgen Klopp is in Qatar for the Club World Cup but he too reacted to the signing of the Japanese winger.


"He's a very quick, very clever player, he finds space between the lines. He is brave with the ball but also brave without the ball – a proper team player. He makes the best of himself for the benefit of others. It is fantastic work by our football operations team in how they’ve handled this transfer. Michael Edwards and the team deserve a lot of credit," said Klopp.



But the competition at Liverpool is stark, yet Reds fans should feel encouraged by Minamino's preparedness to combat for his place besides amazing players like Salah, Mane, Firmino.


"Not only them, there are many world-class players here and of course it’s not an easy challenge. It’s not easy to overtake those players to get a position but having the mentality of challenging those players is important to keep the team’s high level. That sort of mentality is important for the team and I certainly will play with that mentality."


The Japanese players believe that one of his advantages can be that he speaks German a bit, so he could communicate with Klopp more.


Minamino played with Naby Keita for 18 months at Salzburg but hasn't spoken to his former teammate about his move. Although, he is well-acquainted with the rest of Liverpool's squad as the Salzburg faced the Reds in the Champions League group stage.


"From those games I learned this team has such a high level of technique and intensity. Their football is of such a high level and I did feel that they were the champions of the Champions League. Feeling that, it makes me feel even happier that I can play in this team. I’m really happy to be part of that team."


Capable of playing everywhere across the offensive line, and even deeper, Minamino will provide much-needed coverage for the ambitious side.


Minamino made 199 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg, scoring 64 goals, while he has earned 22 caps for Japan and netted 11 times since debuting in October of 2015. 



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