Liverpool sign Takumi Minamino in £7.25 million move from RB Salzburg

Liverpool sign Takumi Minamino in £7.25 million move from RB Salzburg

Liverpool sign Takumi Minamino in £7.25 million move from RB Salzburg

He has years of experience managing top players and knows a world-class player when he sees one.

The Japan global, who is thought to have a release clause of £7.25m, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal until summer 2024.

'To play in the Premier League was one of my targets.

'I was thinking if my career as a footballer progressed smoothly, someday I would play in the Premier League.

"Improve always, but to change things as well and I really thought it makes sense that I do that instead of another manager coming in and having to do this kind of not really thankful job and like rebuild or whatever and then say, "oh but Klopp would have done different", stuff like this".

The already cosmopolitan look to the Liverpool lineup is set to gain more diversity with the signing of Japanese forward Takumi Minamino.

'This is fabulous news - a wonderful signing.

Lallana told Liverpool's official website: "Fantastic signing".

"Takumi is a very quick, very clever player - he finds space between the lines", added Klopp. Most impressive of all is the number of clips where he wins the ball; a crucial quality for players under Jurgen Klopp.

Flamengo's best player at the tournament, Bruno Henrique proved how risky he is in the semi-final against Al Hilal, when he provided the assist for Giorgian De Arrascaeta for the opening goal, scored the second himself with a fantastic header, then forced Ali Albulayhi to put through his own net for the third.

"His Champions League experience is a big bonus".

Minamino had been watched by a host of clubs across Europe, Manchester United among them, but the Reds' strong relationship with Salzburg, allied to the discovery of that clause, put them in pole position.

Current first-team stars Sadio Mane and Naby Keita both developed with the Austrian outfit.

It was in their clash at Anfield that Minamino particularly impressed, with the Austrian champions staging an impressive comeback from 3-0 down to level the scores by the hour mark - with Minamino grabbing a goal and an assist - before Mohamed Salah's second goal of the night decided the contest in the Reds' favour.

He debuted for the Japanese national team in October 2015 and has played 22 games, with 11 goals.

From the games against Liverpool in the Champions League, Minamino learnt a lot about the team that he was joining.

Reflecting on his two clashes with Liverpool this season, Minamino acknowledged: 'From these games I discovered this group has this kind of high stage of plan and depth.

Takumi Minamino is a "proper team player" who will help Liverpool on and off the ball, according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp's side are already ten points clear in the Premier League but have a tough Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid in the last 16.

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