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    Thursday, 19 December 2019

    Takumi Minamino book Liverpool contract after successful medical

    Takumi Minamino has completed his £7.25million move to Liverpool after booking a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Reds

    The Japanese will now be eyeing his Liverpool debut in January following the completion of the transfer today [Thursday].

    It is believed the first game in which the Japan international could realistically play would be the FA Cup third round tie at home to Everton on January 5.

    Speaking after Minamino put pen to paper, Klopp revealed why he was keen on signing the Japan attacing midfielder.

    The Liverpool manager admitted Minamino's ability to impress in the Champions League was a big consideration.

    "Takumi is a very quick, very clever player, he finds space between the lines," he said.

    "He is brave with the ball but also brave without the ball – a proper team player. He makes the best of himself for the benefit of others.

    "His Champions League experience is a big bonus and coming from the club and organisation he does, we know he’ll be well coached, used to an elite environment and had all the right experiences.

    "It is fantastic work by our football operations team in how they've handled this transfer. Michael Edwards and the team deserve a lot of credit.

    "I'm sure all the Liverpool supporters will go out of their way to make Takumi feel at home in our amazing city and club.

    "I am also pretty sure as of now we have added to our numbers of the LFC family in Japan specifically.

    "For those who follow us now because we have one of the country’s most exciting talents, I say welcome – it’s a special club to be part of."

    Minamino scored in Salzburg's 4-3 defeat at Anfield and was the Austrians' star performer in the reverse fixture earlier this month, which Klopp's side won 2-0 to progress.

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