Liverpool have confirmed a deal to sign Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg on January 1 – and they appear to be getting a top player for a knockdown price who can help boost their Premier League and Champions League (Liverpool 9/2 – To win Outright) hopes in the second half of the season.

Liverpool have moved quickly to secure the Japan international on a deal from the start of 2020, snapping up the attacking midfielder for a widely-reported £7.25million after activating his release clause.

Regular watchers of the 24-year-old suggest that is a bargain price for a player on the rise and someone who had attracted attention from big Bundesliga and Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, before Liverpool (1/8 – Premier League outright) secured his services.

Minamino has signed a four-and-a-half year deal and seems to perfectly fit the profile of players Jurgen Klopp (pictured) wants in his side. Those in the know say he is a hard-working, skilful, pacey player who can operate out wide or down the middle. His stats back that assessment up as he’s struck five goals and got six assists for Salzburg in their domestic league from 14 appearances so far this season, while he has two goals and three assists from six Champions League games.

Further to that, more detailed stats show he attempts on average 2.8 shots per game and makes 2 key passes to underline his creativity and goalscoring potential. Compare that to future team-mate Naby Keita (also 24) – who he could be competing with for a starting role – and the Guinea international only has an average of 1 key pass per game and a 1.7 shot-per-game average.

Clearly, Minamino is a player who can add considerable threat in tight games and maybe the ideal attacking player Klopp can turn to from the bench in important moments throughout 2020 as Liverpool chase the title and also hope to successfully defend their European crown.

He scored one of those aforementioned Champions League goals at Anfield in Salzburg’s gallant 4-3 group defeat and has the right versatility and attitude to slot straight into Klopp’s squad with ease. The German coach was hugely encouraged by his display in the autumn and he caught the eye again earlier this month in the Reds’ 2-0 win in Austria.

Liverpool hardly spent any money in the summer to improve what was already a top-quality squad and are not expected to splash much cash in January. The move for Minamino, however, appears a ‘no-brainer’ at such a reduced fee and, while he may have to wait patiently at first for his chance, he can make a significant impact during a key period for the trophy-hungry Reds (6/1 – FA Cup 2019-20) at Anfield.

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