According to notable transfer expert Duncan Castles, this summer’s transfer window is likely to be a ‘depressed’ one compared to previous years amid the current suspension to football, largely around the world. With that in mind and the fact there’s nothing to give us a footballing fix, the Transfer Tavern are doing their best to remind their readers how some of their club’s fans reacted to the biggest signings of this season in order to focus on what’s been before us, rather than the uncertainty ahead.
Midway through December, it was announced that Liverpool would be signing Red Bull Salzburg attacker Takumi Minamino. It was a move that seemed to thrill the supporters as the club finally added more depth to their attack which featured just Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi as back-ups to their formidable front three (via Transfermarkt). One fan referred to him as the ‘Japanese Messi’.
— Lawson – DEPRESSED (@ExpertlyHendo) December 19, 2019
We now have the best player in Asia
— Sam Hansson ➐ (@samhansson) December 19, 2019
Gini, Mini, Mane, Mo! LETS GO!!!
— Jürgen Meister (@SS_LFC) December 19, 2019
YESSSS OMG WELCOME SCOUSE SAMURAI
— Salma (@sxlmss) December 19, 2019
— Matthew Ordish (@MattOrdish) December 19, 2019
YESSS LET’SSS GOOO TAKUMI THURSDAY
— (@ChrisvLFC) December 19, 2019
YASSSSSSSS!!! my day has been made already. Manz bring the jujitsu, Fujitsu & all to the premier League.
— Van Dijk’s Diagonal (@Oluwa_rejoice) December 19, 2019
Did the move really warrant such a response from some of the Anfield faithful? Indeed, the chances of the Japan international instantly breaking into a front three that is considered to be the best in world football was minimal. After all, the Premier League title was already sewn up by the time the winger joined up with the squad in January as the 2-0 win over Sheffield United saw them move seven points clear with a game in hand.
Since the victory over the Blades, Minamino hasn’t started a single league game despite the fact Jurgen Klopp’s men have gone on to increase the gap from seven points to 25. The news only gets worse for the 25-year-old with the Anfield giants linked with moves for Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner, who would surely provide more competition for the current forwards given their potential transfer fees, with suggestions they could cost £170m.
So, in all seriousness excitement and the eventual transfer of the £11.25m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, ace really was misplaced. Indeed, he could well find himself falling even further down the pecking order should the Reds complete a move for either Sancho or Werner.
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