“If a player scores against us, let us get his signature!”. Some people used to say, this was Liverpool’s transfer policy. They did sign Sadio Mane and Dejan Lovren who impressed against Liverpool during their time at Southampton. Jokes aside, Liverpool is plotting a move for yet another player who played well against them: Takumi Minamino.
Should Liverpool sign the 22 capped Japan international? YES!! What does he bring to the Liverpool team? A LOT!
With the release clause as low as £7.25m, and a lot of talent in disposal, it will be a good piece of business by Liverpool if they can capture his signature.
Red Bull Salzburg are playing some breathtaking football this season. A lot of credit is going to the clinical Erling Braut Håland, but folks like Minamino and Hwang Hee-chan have gone slightly under the radar. The near comeback at Anfield was a spectacle, and Minamino was the star as the Liverpool defense found it difficult to contain him. If you watch the highlights of that game, you’ll see how impressed Jurgen Klopp was.
So what does Minamino bring to Liverpool? His versatility will be a huge plus, as he can operate on the wings, as a false nine or as a number 10. He is more like another Firmino, as he can threaten the opposition defense as a striker or from the central midfield. He may not come and directly replace anyone from the front-three, but his versatility, creativity and the eye of the goal will be something Klopp will approve off. The main attraction here is: You can get these at just £7.25m!
The Japanese international is not rated based on pure skill as he has the stats to back him up. He has netted nine goals this season, including two in the Champions League (one was against Liverpool at Anfield!) and has assisted 11 goals as well. However, it remains to be seen, whether he can replicate that kind of form in the Premier League. If he does, he will add an extra dimension to Liverpool’s attacking cavalry.
Will he have an impact like Son had at Spurs? Not sure yet, but his signature will certainly be a masterstroke by Liverpool, considering the football they play and the growth of the brand as a business in Asia.