So now it’s official! Takumi Minamino joins reigning Champions League winner Liverpool at the turn of the year. Yesterday the Japanese was already in Merseyside, after passing the medical check the transfer was finally over.
After five years of Red Bull Salzburg, Takumi Minamino is now over, and he is now in the Premier League for England. Liverpool are signed by the 24-year-old for around 8.5 million euros, according to his exit clause.
The flexible offensive player will line up for Jurgen Klopp with the back number 18 in the future – this has already been worn by LFC legends such as Dirk Kuyt or John Arne Riise. Klopp said of the transfer: “This is wonderful news – a wonderful commitment. We’re really, really happy about it!”
‘It was my dream once a Liverpool player and I’m excited that it’s finally over. It was always my goal to play in the Premier League, but I never thought I could play in this team,” Minamino summed it up personally. No information has been released on the exact length of the contract, but it is said to be a long-term contract.
Takumi Minamino: “Will win Premier League and Champions League”
His future coach also commented on the 24-year-old’s qualities: “Our fans have already had the chance to see him in action twice, so I don’t have to praise him too much. Takumi is very fast, a very clever player who will find good the spaces between the lines. He’s brave with, but also without the ball. His experience in the Champions League is, of course, a great bonus, as is his previous club, where everything is extremely professional.”
Minamino is also setting his goals for his new club: “My goal is to win the Premier League and the Champions League.” The Japanese will be ready for action for the first time in the FA Cup against Everton on 5 January, when the coaching staff will be ready four days after his official transfer.
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