Liverpool will be able to field Takumi Minamino in the knockout stages of the Champions League if the Japanese star signs for the club after previous reports from the likes of James Pearce that a deal was all but done.
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In previous years, his participation in the group stages with RB Salzburg would have made him cup-tied for the latter phases of the competition after changing clubs.
However, thanks to a UEFA rule change as explained by teamTALK, Minamino would now be allowed to play for the Reds as they chase their seventh European crown.
The ruling in its old form meant Philippe Coutinho had to sit out his first Champions League campaign with Barcelona, having joined from Liverpool in the January window.
Minamino could be registered as an extra player into Liverpool’s squad, and face off against Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.
The Japanese international has been in great form for Salzburg this season, scoring nine goals and registering 11 assists in 22 games.
His performances against Liverpool in their group this season may be one of the reasons Jurgen Klopp wanted to sign him.
Minamino scored and assisted in their 4-3 loss to the Reds at Anfield earlier on in the competition.
Salzburg missed out on qualification by five points, entering the Europa League round of 32.
Obviously, having another option to use in the Champions League can only be a good thing for a Liverpool side currently pushing through a thoroughly heavy festive fixture schedule.
Given that this season he’s averaged more key passes per game (2, via WhoScored) than anyone in the Reds’ squad outside of Trent Alexander-Arnold, perhaps the 24-year-old can bring an added creative impetus going forward to avoid things going too stale amid such a strong run of intensity both home and abroad.
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