Liverpool has announced the departure of Takumi Minamino from the club to Monaco for a fee of around €18m plus add-ons. The Japanese joined Liverpool from Red Bull Salzburg in 2020 after a nutmeg display against the best defender in the world Virgil Van Dijk during a game both teams played in the Club World Cup.
Takumi had struggled with playing time since joining the Merseyside, and Liverpool decide to part ways with the 27 years old.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on the Japanese:
“It’s hard to see Taki go, but it’s a great move for him and one he thoroughly deserves.
“A wonderful professional; super, talented player. As a person, he is full of warmth and makes everyone feel positive. A manager’s dream, to be honest.
“I’m sure there will be those who think it didn’t quite work out. Those who think this is wrong. I don’t accept that.
“His contribution far outweighs the opportunities we were able to give, in terms of starting matches. He made us better every day he was with us – not just in the games he played, but every single session in training. Perfect attitude, winner’s mentality.
“His performances and his goals are the reason we have had to redecorate the Champions Wall so often. His achievements here will stand the test of time.
“I know he will be a big success at Monaco. I’m sure we will look on with a mix of celebration and envy as he progresses and flourishes there.
“He leaves with our appreciation and best wishes. Thank you, Taki.”
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