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Sky Sports News announced the potential departure of Takumi Minamino live on air late last night, and offered details about the Liverpool forward’s move.
In a clip from Sky Sports on Twitter, the presenters announced;
“Breaking news for you, it’s transfer news, in regards to Takumi Minamino who looks like he’s heading out of the door at Anfield.
“We can tell you that Monaco have agreed on a deal worth £15.5m, for him to join them from Liverpool.
“Initial fee is £12.9m with a further £2.6m add-ons.”
Supporters will be gutted
Despite not being a consistent starter in his time at Anfield, Minamino has delivered some important moments and important goals for Liverpool over the last two and a half years, working himself into the hearts of the adoring fans at Anfield. Thus, supporters will surely be somewhat gutted to see him go this summer.
The Japanese winger has scored 14 goals and delivered three assists in his 53 appearances for the club, but this season, in particular, was monumental in Liverpool’s domestic double winning both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.
Minamino was the top scorer for Liverpool in both competitions with goals that proved to be season-defining for the Merseyside giants, as they would have gone trophy-less without them.
The 27-year-old scored four goals in the Carabao Cup and three goals in the FA Cup, with his most notable strike coming during the game against Leicester in the EFL Cup quarter-finals, scoring in the fouth minute of stoppage time to take the Foxes to penalties and ultimately secure progression to the semi-finals.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his player after the game-changing performance at Anfield in the competition telling the press:
“Top goal, top performance. From a tactical point of view, he’s outstanding and it’s so cool for him that he could score that goal.
“He deserved this goal for all of the things he done tonight and all of the things he’s done in the last few months and years, so I’m really happy for him.”
Will you miss Minamino at Liverpool?
With that being said, Minamino is clearly looking for a more consistent role playing first-team football, something Liverpool are unable to offer due to the level of talent and competition in the front three at the club.
Therefore, regardless of what supporters think, it would be the best move for the winger in the long run but a huge loss for Klopp in these smaller games.
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