CONFIRMED: Liverpool sign Takumi Minamino
Well, this Thursday seems to have started well. Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Takumi Minamino, in a deal reportedly worth £7.25 million.
The Japanese impressed in both games against the Reds, obviously enough to earn a move to Anfield, something he told liverpoolfc.com that was a dream of his that he though would never come true. Liverpool have also impressed him, apparently.
“To play in the Premier League was one of my targets. I think this is the top-class league in the world; I was thinking if my career as a footballer progressed smoothly, someday I would be able to play in the Premier League.
“But I never thought I would be able to play in this team and I’m really happy about it. I’m looking forward to it.”
Never say never, right?
“From those games I learned this team has such a high level of technique and intensity,” he said.
“Their football is of such a high level and I did feel that they were the champions of the Champions League. Feeling that, it makes me feel even happier that I can play in this team. I’m really happy to be part of that team.
“My target is to win the Premier League and the Champions League, and to make good contributions to the team.”
It seems Liverpool have acquired a highly versatile attacking player, capable of playing as a number 8, 9, 10, or on either flank. He will, however, be wearing the shirt number 18, recently vacated by the departure of Alberto Moreno. The presence of the 24-year-old should give Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options another dimension. Minamino has had 20 goal involvements (9 goals, 11 assists) in 22 games for his team this season.
It really is a great time to be a Red.