Liverpool have sanctioned the loan move of Takumi Minamino to Southampton until the end of the season – and supporters have reacted on Twitter.
Minamino, 26, was unveiled as a Saints player two hours after Monday night’s 23:00 GMT deadline, per BBC Sport.
Minamino to Southampton
He will link up with former Liverpool man Danny Ings to bolster Ralph Hasenhuttl’s attacking armoury following the departure of Shane Long to Bournemouth.
The Japan international’s opportunities at Anfield have been few-and-far-between since his £7.25 million move from RB Salzburg last year. He started just two Premier League matches under Jurgen Klopp this term.
His most recent start came during the 7-0 pre-Christmas humbling of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, where Minamino scored his only Premier League goal to date.
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Now, Minamino has the opportunity to reignite his career prospects in England under former Leipzig boss Hassnhuttl. The 53-year-old manager is certainly excited by the prospect of linking up with the versatile forward.
He said: “Takumi will help provide another good attacking option and is importantly the right profile of player for us.
“This will give us some additional depth in our squad at an important time and I am looking forward to beginning work with him on the training pitch.”
Remarkably, Minamino will become the seventh player to have represented both Southampton and Liverpool, following in the illustrious footsteps of Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert.
With Diogo Jota edging closer to fitness, Minamino’s prospects in attack appeared limited, especially with the Liverpool star only able to clock up three PL appearances in the Portuguese forward’s absence.
Still, there is certainly a talented player that Liverpool hope will be uncovered during Minamino’s time on the South Coast.
According to reports from The Times, Southampton wanted the option to buy Minamino at the end of the season, but Liverpool rejected such a proposal.
Prior to signing for Liverpool, Minamino had clocked up a whopping 64 goals and 44 assists in 199 appearances for Salzburg in the Bundesliga.
Here is what the Anfield faithful had to say regarding Liverpool’s decision to sanction a deadline-day deal for Minamino…