, what Will the Japan international bring to Anfield?
Minamino impressed against the Reds in October with a goal and assist as the Austrian side narrowly suffered a 4-3 defeat at Anfield and caught the eye once more in the return fixture, when Liverpool won 2-0 earlier in December. His £ 7. m contract release clause has attracted interest from Premier League clubs, but he will now join Liverpool on January 1.
Minamino joined Salzburg for less than £ 1m from Japan top-tier side Cerezo Osaka in January
Despite missing missing part of this season, he has been in scintillating form in the Austrian Bundesliga, too, with five goals and six assists from just 12 starts. For Japan, he’s maintained that impressive ratio with (goals in) games.
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Where does he play?
Minamino has primarily started as a central attacking midfielder or winger for Salzburg this season but can also play as a wide midfielder. The graphic below shows his influence and impressive returns in the Champions League this term.