Japanese international Takumi Minamino had admitted that he was surprised when Liverpool loaned him to Southampton in January.
Minamino joined The Reds in January 2020 from RB Salzburg but failed to make the needed impact and in his bid to look for more playing time, he asked country mate and former defender Maya Yoshida about a move to St. Mary’s before making the decision.
"It was the last day (of the transfer window) after training – around five o'clock, I think. Some guys called me, and it just happened.
"Before the deal was finalized around midnight, I had around 30 minutes to chat to Maya. I asked him about the team, the manager and the players. He told me everything, he explained some positives about this team. I spoke with Maya a lot," Minamino said.
Asked why he made the move, the striker said that it was purely on getting more game time.
"For a football player, playing is the most important thing. Playing more is helping me to get more confidence back as a player. I want to play more; the more I am helping the team and contributing to wins, the more my confidence will grow,” he added.
Minamino whose deal was officially confirmed two hours after the January deadline is thought not to be in the plans of manager Jurgen Klopp and has been linked with a move to Spain where several clubs are said to be interested in his services.