Liverpool have confirmed they will sign Red Bull Salzburg winger, Takumi Minamino during the January transfer window which opens on the 1st.
Minamino has a release clause of £7.25m and signed a four-and-a-half-year deal until summer 2024.
The Japan international has scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in 22 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg this season and has already passed the medical tests at Merseyside on Wednesday.
“It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player,” he said.
“To play in the Premier League was one of my targets,
“I think this is the top-class league in the world. I was thinking if my career as a footballer progressed smoothly, someday I would be able to play in the Premier League.
“But I never thought I would be able to play in this team and I’m really happy about it. I’m looking forward to it.”
The 24-year-old also scored during 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in UEFA Champions League at Anfield on October. He would also be eligible to play for the Reds during the last 16 knockout stages following UEFA change of rules last year.
“From those games I learned this team has such a high level of technique and intensity,” Minamino continued.
“Their football is of such a high level and I did feel that they were the champions of the Champions League. Feeling that, it makes me feel even happier that I can play in this team. I’m really happy to be part of that team.
“My target is to win the Premier League and the Champions League, and to make good contributions to the team.”
Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has also expressed his excitement to having the Japanese striker in his team.
“Takumi is a very quick, very clever player – he finds space between the lines,” said Klopp.
“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.”
Liverpool only made three signings during the summer transfer window. Goalkeepers Adrian and Andy Lonergan on free transfer and defender Sepp van den Berg joining from PEC Zwolle.