Klopp outlines what ‘brave’ Minamino will add to Liverpool

Date published: Thursday 19th December 2019 9:00

Jurgen Klopp believes Takumi Minamino can make an immediate impact at Liverpoolas they push for major honours in the second half of the season.

Minamino will officially become a Liverpool player on January 1, completing a £7.25m move from Red Bull Salzburg.

The Japan international signed a long-term deal on Wednesday and could make his debut in the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup.

And Klopp insists Minamino can make an immediate impact in his side as they challenge for domestic and European honours.

“Takumi is a very quick, very clever player, he finds space between the lines. He is brave with the ball but also brave without the ball – a proper team player. He makes the best of himself for the benefit of others,” Klopp said.

“His Champions League experience is a big bonus and coming from the club and organisation he does, we know he’ll be well coached, used to an elite environment and had all the right experiences.”

Klopp went on to laud Liverpool chief Michael Edwards for pushing through the transfer ahead of the transfer window opening.

“It is fantastic work by our football operations team in how they’ve handled this transfer. Michael Edwards and the team deserve a lot of credit,” he added.

“It’s not hard to see why Salzburg is a favoured destination for players with real talent and hunger. From our experiences dealing with, and facing, Salzburg on and off the pitch in recent months, their reputation as a benchmark modern European club will only grow.

“I’m sure all the Liverpool supporters will go out of their way to make Takumi feel at home in our amazing city and club.

“I am also pretty sure as of now we have added to our numbers of the LFC family in Japan specifically. For those who follow us now because we have one of the country’s most exciting talents, I say welcome.”

 

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