Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Japanese winger Takumi Minamino for a lowly fee of £7.5m from RB Salzburg.
The 24-year-old has impressed this season so far with the Austrian side and was instrumental in their great performances against the Reds in the Champions League group stages.
Minamino finalised personal terms and passed a medical on Merseyside on Wednesday and will link up with Jurgen Klopp’s men in January when the transfer window officially opens.
The Japanese international was a crucial part of Salzburg’s great performance and comeback from 3-0 down as he controlled the game with his great trickery and playmaking ability.
He scored the first goal, a well-placed volley, before teeing up the in-form wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland which made the score 3-3. Salzburg did go on to lose the game 4-3 after a winner from Mohamed Salah but Minamino’s performance did not go unnoticed.
When the Reds came to Austria in the last group stage game, Minamino was not able to make the same effect as Liverpool kept Jesse Marsch’s high-flying side quiet and came out as 2-0 winners.
Liverpool star defender Andy Robertson welcomed the signing and was delighted at the fact that the Reds were able to add a ‘fantastic’ player into a great squad.
The Scot was also impressed with the winger’s performance against them and saw the quality that he could add to a team that is challenging on most fronts.
Minamino has contributed to 20 goals in 22 appearances for RB Salzburg so far and that kind of form will definitely help Liverpool who are looking for some extra depth.
The Reds are currently storming the Premier League as they are sitting pretty at the top of the table having won 16 out of the 17 games whilst drawing the other, which was against rivals Manchester United.
Klopp’s side are also fresh off a last gasp win in the Club World Cup and will face Brazillian side Flamengo in the final as they look to create history and add another trophy that they have yet to capture in the club’s illustrious history.
Minamino is able to feature for Liverpool in the Champions League despite having played for Salzburg due to a new rule implemented by UEFA.
The attacker could make his European competition debut with the Reds against a well-drilled Atletico Madrid side in the round of 16 as they look to become the second team in modern history to win the trophy for a second consecutive time.