European football expert Kevin Hatchard has lauded Liverpool for sealing the signing of Red Bull Salzburg’s Takumi Minamino for a rather paltry £7.25m.
The European champions have confirmed the deal which will see the Japan international make the move to Anfield on 1st January, which has been hailed not only for its minimal fee, but for what the 24-year-old will give to the Liverpool team.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Hatchard praised the Premier League leaders’ shrewdness in the transfer market, backing it up with the assertion that Minamino will hand the Reds the cover for their front three that they have been searching for.
He said: “I think Minamino is a perfect fit. Liverpool are so, so clever in the transfer market.
“Minamino has been a consistent performer for Salzburg for quite a long time.
“One of the great things about him is he’s versatile.
“He could play in the centre of that attack – in similar areas to where Roberto Firmino operates – but he can also play out wide as well, so Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah could have a rest; he can slot in anywhere along the front three.
“What Liverpool wanted and have wanted for a while is somebody who would be prepared to come in as backup for that front three, and he does that perfectly because he can fit in any of those positions.”
Minamino’s arrival on Merseyside is sure to be a huge welcome to Liverpool’s frontline ahead of the months in which they will look to seal the Premier League title.
Following calls from plenty of ex-Liverpool players that strength in depth was a key area of concern for Jurgen Klopp ahead of the current campaign, Minamino – who has contributed to 20 goals in 22 appearances for Salzburg this season – would be sure to appease those who felt finding cover for their main attackers was paramount.
Indeed, Minamino can play across the attacking line, having taken up a variety of positions throughout the season, while he has also dropped into midfield on occasion for his current club.
His signing will surely ease worries over potential injuries at the business end of the season, while the fact that the Reds have not even broken the bank to bring him to Anfield means he rather ticks all the boxes.
Therefore, it is no surprise Liverpool are receiving such plaudits for getting such a simple yet important deal over the line.
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