Liverpool are going to be busy this summer. The Reds surely have to offload as much deadwood as they can and they need to bring in higher quality replacements. The future of our Japanese star could be up in the air with Ralph Hasenhuttl leaving the door open for a move for Takumi Minamino.
Takumi Minamino at Liverpool
Liverpool agreed a deal to sign Takumi Minamino in December 2019.
The Reds had been impressed with the Japan forward after facing him in the Champions League group stage.
Michael Edwards’ paid Red Bull Salzburg £7.25m for the tricky attacker.
In his first half a season with the club he didn’t feature much, making two starts and eight appearances from the bench.
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Since then he’s struggled to break into the first XI and in January he was loaned out to Southampton to help him get more regular game time and aid his adjustment to the Premier League in the process.
Ralph Hasenhuttl on Takumi Minamino
The Japanese star’s spell at Southampton started brightly with a couple of goals.
However, he hasn’t managed to nail down a regular starting berth on the South Coast.
Despite his limited impact Ralph Hasenhuttl is pleased with Takumi Minamino, Hampshire Live quote the gaffer as saying:
“He hasn’t played so much in the past so it is normal that you then have a few moments where you struggle.
“He worked hard against the ball. I like this player. He has some very good movements and is enjoying his work, I think, also.”
What RTK has to say
These comments seem to leave the door open for a permanent move.
Whilst the on loan star hasn’t been able to maintain the levels he showed at the start of his loan spell he is still admired by the boss.
It could be in everybody’s interest for Southampton to stump up a decent amount of cash, we should definitely stick in a buy-back clause if he does leave. Should he realise his potential then we don’t want to miss out.