Liverpool have announced the signing of Japan international Takumi Minamino from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg for a reported fee of £7.25 million.
The 24-year-old underwent medical and agreed personal terms with the Premier League leaders on Wednesday night, with the deal announced on Thursday.
The Japanese has been one of Salzburg's shining stars, and alongside Erling Haaland propelled the Austrian side to the top of their domestic league and entertained in Europe in the Champions League.
Minamino impressed against Liverpool during a Champions League clash this campaign and was on the scoresheet alongside the Norwegian.
He has been handed the number 18 jersey that was vacated by Alberto Moreno last summer. The number has also been worn by Liverpool favorites in Dirk Kuyt and John Arne Riise.
Minamino was born on January 16, 1995, and started his football career at Cerezo Osaka. He impressively developed at the Japanese club from the youth team, eventually making 82 appearances in total before moving abroad.
The Austrian club snapped him up days before his 20th birthday, and he started his journey to football stardom.
His obvious talent has been on show with Slaburg, helping them lift four domestic titles and a similar number of Cup titles.
His playing style, best position
The diminutive Minamino's ability to play different attacking roles sets him apart. He can comfortably play as a lead striker or move further to wide areas, cutting in from the flanks.
He can also play in a deeper midfield position and is able to open defenses with his dribbling skills and incisive passing.
He can score and assist as well, having found the net 64 times in all competitions for the Austrian Champions.
His growth in recent seasons has been tremendous, particularly impressing in the first half of the current campaign, managing nine goals so far.
He is also a key player for the national team, starring in the AFC Asian Cup tournament where they finished runners up.
Minamino scored six goals in the competition, including one in the final, and has already scored five in their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.
What Klopp said about his signing
“Takumi is 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.
“His Champions League experience is a big bonus and coming from the club and organization he does, we know he’ll be well-coached, used to an elite environment and had all the right experiences.
“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.
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