Takumi Minamino, 24, of Japan is leaving FC Red Bull Salzburg. After playing for the Austrian football club, the attacking midfielder/winger is transferring to Liverpool Football Club, which competes in the English football’s top tier Premiere League.
On December 18, 2019, Minamino will finalize personal terms and complete a medical on Merseyside, North West England, England, United Kingdom. He will officially become a Liverpool FC player on January 1, 2020.
“It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player and I’m so excited that the moment has come true,” Minamino told Liverpool FC. “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,” the Japanese footballer continued. “I’m looking forward to it.”
Born in Izumisano, Japan on January 16, 1995, Minamino started his football career at Cerezo Osaka. He played for the Japanese football team from 2007 to 2012.
In 2010, Minamino was the Asian Football Confederation U-16 Championship Top Scorer. In 2013, he was the J. League Rookie of the Year.
FC Red Bull Salzburg signed Minamino on January 7, 2015. On October 13, 2015, he made his debut for Japan national team and came as a substitute in the 83rd minute in a friendly against Iran.
In December 2018, Minamino was one of the 23 Japanese footballers selected in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. He made a total of six appearances in the 17th edition of the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Asia.