Liverpool secured Takumi Minamino far too cheap, according to former manager Jesse Marsch. The Japanese international arrived at Anfield in January.
Marsch spoke to the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red podcast, where he discussed Minamino in depth. To sum up, he believes Liverpool got an absolute bargain.
“The thing that hurt with [Minamino] is that Liverpool got him way, way, way too cheap,” said Marsch. “But this is part of managing the market and managing player contracts.”
Liverpool signed Minamino for just £7.25m – not much at all for a player impressing in the Champions League. Marsch, for one, believes they secured a talent who can play multiple roles for Liverpool.
One of those is Roberto Firmino’s centre-forward role.
“Firmino is so good at it but I think that’s something Taki can do as well,” said Marsch. “And I think he can play the eight position that they play in the midfield, with the two wide spots where he’s ready to press and help pick up balls, but he’s also part of the build-up phases.”
If his former boss is right, Minamino can be a very talented and versatile player at Anfield signed on the cheap.
What RTK has to say
We said after Liverpool first played RB Salzburg that Minamino was one to watch. So we were thrilled when he arrived – let alone for such a minimal fee.
Reports would suggest that they actually covered the fee with a sale, in fact, meaning this was about as low-risk as it gets.
It’s been a slow start, however, and hopefully, we see the best of Minamino next season once he’s fully integrated with the squad.
Things certainly aren’t easy when you’re coming to a new country and trying to fit in with an already successful squad. But if Marsch is right, then Minamino’s versatility will make that integration so much easier.