The January transfer window has kicked off and thus far the Reds have made only one addition to the squad: Takumi Minamino. The Japanese front man has joined Jürgen Klopp’s side from RB Salzburg in a £7.25m deal. Minamino could mirror James Milner with his contributions.

Takumi Minamino could mirror James Milner in the Liverpool squad.

Takumi Minamino could mirror James Milner in the Liverpool squad. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Whilst on the face of it these two players have little in common, they do share two traits which Jürgen Klopp loves: determination and versatility. Takumi Minamino and James Milner work their socks off for the team and can perform a number of different roles for the side.

When the Reds signed Milly from Manchester City he had been playing left back for the Blues. The Yorkshireman has played in myriad different positions throughout his career, it’s important to note that even though he was playing left back for City, he burst onto the scene years ago on the right wing at Aston Villa.

Milner featured primarily as a central midfielder at the start of his Anfield career but has since popped up on either side of the defence.


Minamino can play just about anywhere in front of the six. At Red Bull Salzburg the Japanese signing played as a winger, a central attacking midfielder and as a 10.

Whilst Liverpool have James Milner as backup for any position between the goalkeeper and the attacking midfielder, we have been without a player that can mirror that versatility in the forward line.

Now that the Reds have Takumi Minamino we have a player that can fill in on the wings, as a striker or in the midfield. With so many games to play if the Reds want to compete both abroad and domestically, having a player as versatile as Minamino could prove vital to Klopp’s success.

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