Takumi Minamino hailed as the ‘perfect fit’ for Liverpool as Euro expert reveals what club can expect from new signing

This is according to European football expert Kevin Hatchard, with the Japanese forward moving to Anfield on January 1 after the Reds triggered his £7.25million release clause.

The Red Bull Salzburg ace won a lot of admirers in Merseyside with his performances against Liverpool in the Champions League group stages – having scored one goal and assisted another as Jurgen Klopp’s side were pushed hard in a 4-3 win at Anfield earlier this season.

Despite being a consistent performer for Salzburg since his arrival from his homeland in 2015, Minamino has gone under the radar in the Austrian top flight.

He has been overshadowed this season by Norwegian striker Erling Haaland, whose brilliant goalscoring form has seen him linked with a move to Manchester United.

But European football correspondent Hatchard has told talkSPORT just why signing Minamino is such a great coup for the Reds and how he could play a key role in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Asked about Liverpool’s imminent signing, ahead of the club’s official announcement, he said: “I think Minamino is a perfect fit. Liverpool are so, so clever in the transfer market.

“Salzburg are very realistic about this kind of thing. Their whole business model works on identifying talent, developing talent, and then selling it on.

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“It is a shock that he has such a low release clause because, even though all the focus has been on Erling Braut Haaland, Minamino has been a consistent performer for Salzburg for quite a long time.

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