Liverpool secures its first major signing of the season


The good news are rolling in for Liverpool. Not only did the architect of their resurgence Jurgen Klopp extend his contract with the club, and not only did the often unsung hero of that transition James Milner extend his, but the Reds are getting their first big signing of the season.

During the summer, the Reds signed only teenagers Sepp van den Berg, Harvey Elliott, and reserve goalkeepers Adrian and Andy Lonergan, but now the fans are getting a proper treat. Red Bull Salzburg's winger Takumi Minamino will arrive at Anfield this January.

The Japanese 24-year-old had a release clause in his contract of €8,700,000 and the Reds matched it on the orders of Jurgen Klopp who values Minamino greatly. Minamino had a release clause inserted when the Austrians took up an option last February to extend his contract to 2021.

Salzburg’s sporting director Christoph Freund spoke about the reports directly.

"I can confirm there are currently discussions with Liverpool. It is an honour such clubs are interested in our players," said the Austrian but the deal is all and done but Freund couldn’t confirm it yet before the announcements are ready. Possibly after Liverpool’s Club World Cup tournament. 

The crafty winger is in Europe since the 2014/2015 season when he joined Salzburg from J1 Lague club Cerezo Osaka in which he started his career. In Austria, Minamino scored 63 goals in 192 games playing as a winger or a central attacking midfielder.

This season alone, he has five goals and six assists in just 11 starts in the Austrian Bundesliga. In the Champions League, he played in six matches scoring two times and assisting three goals. It was there, in the match against Liverpool that Minamino impressed the Reds.

Salzburg pulled back after losing 3:0 and the Japanese man scored one and assisted another to make it 3:3 before the Reds settled the final score.

Manchester United, AC Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach were all tracking and regularly watching the forward, but were unaware of the clause, reports state.

Sadio Mane and Naby Keita both played for Red Bull Salzburg in their careers and the style that the Red Bull teams, Salzburg and Leipzig, are maintaining match perfectly with Klopp's style of play.


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