|Date of Birth||
16 January 1995
|Place of Birth||
1.74 m (5'9")
Takumi Minamino (born 16 January 1995) is a Japanese international footballer who plays as a forward for Liverpool, having signed from Red Bull Salzburg in 2020.
Minamino first caught the eye of Liverpool fans in the Champions League group stage, with the Japanese international putting in some very impressive performances, including a goal in a narrow Red Bull Salzburg defeat at Anfield.
After the group’s conclusion in December, it was reported that Liverpool were looking to agree a deal to sign Minamino from the Austrian side, having been scouted for a number of years.
On 19 December 2019, it was confirmed that Minamino would sign for Liverpool in the winter transfer window, with a £7,250,000 deal having been agreed with Salzburg. He signed a five-year deal, and was handed the number 18 shirt, recently vacated by Alberto Moreno.
Minamino officially signed for the club on 1 January 2020. He made his debut just four days later, starting and playing 70 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Everton in the FA Cup. He made his Premier League debut less than three weeks later, coming on as an early subsitute in a 2-1 win away to Wolves.
He remained as a squad player for the remainder of the season, with most appearances coming as a late substitute, and starts typically restricted to cup games. He did however, make enough appearances to earn himself a Premier League winners’ medal, becoming a champion within six months of his arrival to England.
After a promising pre-season, Minamino came off the bench in the Community Shield, with the Reds trailing 1-0 to Arsenal. Within 15 minutes of coming on, the Japanese international grabbed an equaliser, finishing calmly from close range to level the tie. He went on to convert his penalty in the shootout, but unfortunately came out on the losing side.
On 24 September 2020, Minamino made his first start of the season, playing the full 90 minutes in a 7-2 win at Lincoln. The forward put in a man-of-the-match performance, grabbing two goals, as well as assisting Divock Origi's effort.
- Premier League: 1 (2019-20)
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|Liverpool F.C. – current squad|
|1. Alisson • 3. Fabinho • 4. van Dijk • 5. Konate • 6. Thiago • 7. Milner • 8. Keita • 9. Firmino • 10. Mane • 11. Salah • 12. Gomez • 13. Adrian •|
14. Henderson (c) • 15. Oxlade-Chamberlain • 17. Jones • 18. Minamino • 20. Jota • 21. Tsimikas • 22. Karius • 26. Robertson • 27. Origi •
28. Davies • 32. Matip • 46. R. Williams • 47. Phillips • 54. Ojo • 58. Woodburn • 62. Kelleher • 65. Clarkson • 66. Alexander-Arnold • 67. Elliott •
72. van den Berg • 76. N. Williams