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Ralph Rangnick says Minamino is in Jurgen Klopp's 'mould'

Red Bull’s sporting director Ralph Rangnick believes that Liverpool target Takumi Minamino is a player already in Jurgen Klopp’s mould as the European champions close in on a move for the attacking midfielder.

According to reports from the Times, Liverpool have accelerated their approach for the 24-year-old who could depart RB Salzburg in January. Minamino has a release clause in his current contract of just £7.2 million.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – DECEMBER 10: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between RB Salzburg and Liverpool FC at Red Bull Arena on December 10, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liverpool recently secured their passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League, at the expense of Salzburg. Goals from Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah meant the Reds are still on course for a third consecutive Champions League final in May.

Speaking to Sky Sports in Salzburg after the defeat Rangnick said: “He [Klopp] doesn’t have to thank me”.

Rangnick has already worked with a number of Liverpool’s Champions League-winning players. Roberto Firmino, Joel Matip, Sadio Mane and Keita were all once under the guidance of the Red Bull sporting director so it is no surprise that Klopp trusts Ragnick’s judgement of a player.

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This certainly is a transfer target that Liverpool supporters should be getting excited about.
After claiming a sixth European Cup in June, Liverpool as of yet have chosen not to sign a Champions League proven player.
Harvey Elliott, Seb Van Den Berg, Adrian and Andy Lonergan were the Reds only incomings after being crown kings of Europe. Alisson Becker’s £65 million move in July 2018 was the last time Liverpool really invested in a player that could be considered a transformative signing.
With nine goals and 11 assists this season, Minamino would fit into Liverpool’s squad with ease. The Reds have lacked a creative spark in midfield since Philippe Coutinho departed the club in 2018.
Liverpool have also alternated between a 4-3-3 system as well as a 4-2-3-1 formation. Should Klopp choose to use the latter then it would mean Minamino could link up with the front three providing further attacking impetus and an added threat when breaking through enemy lines.
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