Liverpool beat Rb Salzburg 4-3 in the Champions League before the international break – and everyone was universally wowed by the Austrian’s creator in chief, Takumi Minamino.
On the night, he looked every bit a world-beater, displaying immense technical skills, composure when pressed, vision and a fluid way of passing the football that would’ve delighted us far more if it wasn’t causing our defence endless problems.
He masterminded Salzburg’s comeback; not only through goals and assists but by his energy off the ball and his desire to win it back.
The similarities to Roberto Firmino were obvious.
Now, largely on the back of the 90 minute performance, it has to be said, Liverpool.com has named the Japanese star as their latest potential 2020 transfer.
They claim that Minamino transferring to Merseyside would help the club crack Japan commercially – especially with our likely new kit supplier Nike already having huge influence in the Far East.
Crucially, there is no concrete link to Minamino or any evidence Klopp fancies the 24-year-old, but having won five Austrian Bundesliga titles already, it’s probably time for the attacker to do what Sadio Mane and Naby Keita did before him and try to crack a big European league.
His versatility – he can play on the right, through the centre or as a midfielder – would delight Jurgen Klopp; but the reality is we already have plenty of options at our disposal.
Xherdan Shaqiri is a player who plays in similar positions but cannot currently get a sniff, which suggests to us Minamino, however impressive, may not be the kind of footballer Klopp will target at the end of this season.
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