Premier League: Takumi Minamino set to become first-ever Japanese player for Liverpool after signing from RB Salzburg

  • Takumi Minamino will become the first Japanese player to play for Liverpool

  • The Premier League leaders announced the signing of the 24-year-old Minamino on Thursday, saying he will officially join on 1 January

  • Minamino made a big impression in two games between Liverpool and Salzburg in the group stage of the Champions League this season

Liverpool: Takumi Minamino will become the first Japanese player to play for Liverpool.

 Premier League: Takumi Minamino set to become first-ever Japanese player for Liverpool after signing from RB Salzburg

File image of Takumi Minamino. AP

The Premier League leaders announced the signing of the 24-year-old Minamino on Thursday, saying he will officially join on 1 January.

“It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player,” the Japan attacking midfielder said. “I’m so excited that the moment has come true.”

Minamino made a big impression in two games between Liverpool and Salzburg in the group stage of the Champions League this season.

A midfielder who can also play as a forward, Minamino joined Salzburg from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka in 2015. He reportedly had a release clause of 7.25 million pounds ($9.5 million).

Shinji Okazaki won the Premier League title with Leicester in 2016, while Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton) and Junichi Inamoto (Arsenal and Fulham) are among other Japanese players to have played in England's top division.

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Updated Date: Dec 19, 2019 16:06:05 IST