Liverpool sign Japan international Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg

Dimitri Kondonis

Takumi Minamino’s dreams have come true after signing for Liverpool.

The Red Bull Salzburg forward will link up with Jurgen Klopp’s side from January 1 after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

The 24-year-old Japan international, who was bought for his reported release clause of £7.25million, called the move to play at Anfield a ‘dream’.

Minamino told Liverpoolfc.com: “It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player. And I’m so excited that the moment has come true.

“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. I’m looking forward to it.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Takumi Minamino signs for Liverpool Football Club on December 18, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Minamino has signed for Liverpool from RB Salzburg. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 10: Andy Robertson of Liverpool tackles Takumi Minamino of Red Bull Salzburg during the UEFA Champions League group E match between RB Salzburg and Liverpool FC at Red Bull Arena on December 10, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
The forward caused Liverpool trouble on several occasions in the Champions League this season. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Minamino impressed in two games against the Reds this season, with Klopp’s men triumphing on both occasions with a 4-3 and 2-0 win.

In the latter, the diminutive forward caused a sturdy Liverpool defence considerable issues in the opening exchanges, testing Alisson several times.

Despite those appearances against the Reds, he will not be cup-tied for Liverpool’s participation in the knockout rounds.

And the cut-priced forward added he is eager to lift silverware with the Merseysiders.

“From those games I learned this team has such a high level of technique and intensity,” he added.

“Their football is of such a high level and I did feel that they were the champions of the Champions League. Feeling that, it makes me feel even happier that I can play in this team. I’m really happy to be part of that team.

“My target is to win the Premier League and the Champions League, and to make good contributions to the team.”

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