Takumi Minamino: Who is Liverpool’s PS7.25 million bargain buy?

Red Bull Salzburg has signed Takumi Mimino to Liverpool. The Japanese attacking-midfielder was subject to an exit clause, which allowed to sign Minamino at PS7.25million.

This is a great price for a player who recently saw his market value increase from PS4.5 million up to PS11.25million by Transfermarkt.

Christoph Freund, Salzburg’s sporting director, stated that “Realizing a player moving from Red Bull Salzburg into the best club team of the world highlights that we have an international reputation.”

“In Takumi we are losing an amazing person and great player. We had a five-year successful partnership with which we shared many highlights.”

Minamino was excited too about the move. Minamino stated that Salzburg will always be in my heart. But I have grown as a player and as a person. I gained a lot of knowledge from my coaches and teammates. Liverpool is a great team and it’s an honor to be there. Just like Red Bull Salzburg, I will do everything for this team.

Minamino, Liverpool’s first arrival for the 2019/20 season, is a great news story. Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager, said that Minamino is a great signing. “Takumi can find the space between the lines and is very intelligent, fast player. He is courageous with and without the ball. He is a true team player. He is a true team player and tries to make the most of his game to help others.

Minamino scored nine goals this season and assisted 11 others in 22 games. Klopp’s most important thing is that Minamino, a 24-year-old Japanese attacking middlefielder, can play multiple positions in the attack as well as further back in central Midfield.

Klopp had already highlighted Minamino’s talents ahead of Liverpool’s crucial group stage Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg on December 10. When was asked about Red Bull Salzburg’s top striker Erling Haialand replied that they have several of the best players in their team.

It is Salzburg’s greatest strength to find and develop players who can play multiple positions. This is an important part of the Red Bull director for sport Ralf Rangnick. It was first presented by Red Bull and then conceptualized on the field by head coach Marco Rose, and then Jesse Marsch.

After the Champions League match in December, Klopp, Liverpool coach, said that Salzburg’s players were “very aggressive”, almost jumping you. “I could not have more respect for Salzburg’s football style.

Marsch stated after the game that “our match plan was very well, and the boys did everything they could to execute it.” “We need to play under pressure and the diamond was an excellent example of that.”

Minamino was undoubtedly an important part of this match plan. The match against Liverpool demonstrated the Japanese attacking midfielder’s strengths.

Minamino completed 39 out of his total 69 actions. He was successful in two of his four dribbles. Minamino also had five touches in his box, which shows his willingness to participate in dangerous attacking situations. He struggled in the game.

His overall numbers are even better. Minamino was able to complete 50.4% of his dribbles and still managed 4.01 touches in the box. The Red Bull setup also favored Minamino, who won 38.4% his offensive duels.

It will still be a huge leap for Minamino, who is now in the English Premier League from the Austrian Bundesliga. Red Bull Salzburg’s career statistics show that Minamino could make the leap. Minamino has been a Salzburg player for 199 games, scoring 64 goals and 44 assists.

Numerous European top clubs were attracted to the numbers. Minamino was also offered by Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach, but decided to sign for Liverpool. Minamino stated, “I have always believed that I could play in the Premier League some day.” “But I never imagined that I would be capable of playing for that team, and I am very excited.”

Manuel Veth is editor-in-chief for the Futbolgrad Network as well as the Area Manager USA at Transfermarkt. He has been published in Newsweek, Howler and Pro Soccer USA among other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @ManuelVeth

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