Liverpool has been labelled ‘highly likely’ to sign Red Bull Salzburg star Takumi Minamino in January for just £7.25m, the price of his incredibly low release clause.
The 24-year-old is one of a host of emerging Salzburg stars that have enjoyed a breakout season on the biggest stage, entertaining audiences across Europe in the Champions League.
Signs already point to Minamino becoming a Liverpool player when the transfer window opens and a deal should be relatively straightforward to complete.
For Liverpool fans looking to learn more about their expected next signing, here’s a look at nine things you need to know:
He Has the Same Football Roots as Shinji Kagawa
Minamino shares the same roots in Japanese football as Shinji Kagawa, a player who famously thrived under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.
Both made their professional debuts with Cerezo Osaka, with Minamino playing 85 games in all competitions for the club prior to moving to Europe. That included a fourth-place finish in J1 League for a team that has historically been something of a yo-yo side.
He Scores Goals
Even though his chief role is as a creator, Minamino has made a habit of scoring his fair share of goals throughout his time in Europe.
In every full season, he has netted double figures in all competitions, never fewer than 11, and is on course to match that this season because he already has nine to his name so far.
His assist numbers are more impressive, though. Minamino is currently on 11 assists for this season, which is actually already better than each of the last two campaigns (both 10).