Liverpool had something of a whirlwind transfer deadline day this month. The Reds don’t often do much business at the last minute but needs must this year. Not only was there a flurry of incoming activity but there was an 11th hour departure. Liverpool refusing to give Southampton the option to buy Takumi Minamino shows how they value him going forward.
Liverpool deadline day
The Reds had a busy transfer deadline day.
The club were hard at work patching up the defensive crisis.
Many of us were wondering why they left it so late, when the business was concluded it was revealed that Joel Matip is out for the rest of the season.
Ben Davies was signed from Preston North End, the Reds stealing ahead of Celtic at the last minute.
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Long term target Ozan Kabak was brought in on loan from Schalke with the option to buy at the end of the season.
Southampton loan Takumi Minamino
The last deal of the day came out of nowhere.
Southampton moved to loan Takumi Minamino from the Reds at the 11th hour.
The Saints have taken the Japan international on loan until the end of the season for a fee of £500k.
James Pearce reported that the South Coast side wanted to include an option to buy in the deal but they were refused.
The fact that the Reds rejected Southampton having the option to buy Takumi Minamino says a lot.
This tells us that Liverpool still have faith in Takumi Minamino.
This is a loan move to help the Japan international prove himself in the Premier League.
The ex-Red Bull Salzburg man has failed to establish himself in Jürgen Klopp’s first team but regular game time could make all of the difference.
He is rarely injured and that could prove vital to the boss’ thinking next season should he prove his worth at Southampton.