Takumi Minamino, the former Monaco winger for Liverpool
Monaco have been busy during the summer transfer window, selling Aurélien Tchouaméni to Real Madrid for a bumper sum and reinvesting some of the money in attacking assets Minamino from Liverpool and Breel Embolo from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Minamino made his Monaco debut against Inter Milan on Saturday, coming off the bench at half-time to help the principality side draw 2-2 against the Italian champions at Stadio Paolo Mazza in Ferrara, and fans are rightly excited about what’s happening. come.
Born in Izumisano, a small town in the Japanese prefecture of Osaka, on January 16, 1995, Minamino took an early interest in football, taking inspiration from Brazilian Ronaldo when the striker was the World Cup’s top scorer. FIFA 2002 in Japan and South Korea when Minamino was seven years old.
Five years later, Minamino made the short trip to regional powerhouse Cerezo Osaka, by which time he had begun to model his game more closely on Shinji Kagawa, who was part of their first team at the time. He made his debut in 2012 and followed Kagawa to Europe in 2014, joining Red Bull Salzburg.
Minamino’s time in Austria was his most trophy-laden. The Japanese has won six Austrian Bundesligas in six seasons, four of them as part of a domestic double, and he left for Liverpool in 2020 with 64 goals and 43 assists in 199 games to his name.
However, getting past Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in the wide attacking positions at Liverpool has proven difficult, and having been loaned out to Southampton in 2021, Minamino now has the chance to be a main player for Monaco.
Gameplay style :
Minamino possesses precise control and a low center of gravity, which makes him very difficult for opposing defenders to dispossess. He’s also a willing worker, easily pressing the opposition to win the ball back as soon as possible after losing it – something that certainly suited Jurgen Klopp’s gegenpressing style.
“He’s everywhere, he defends like hell and then offensively he’s really involved,” the Liverpool manager said after a 1-0 win over Ajax in the UEFA Champions League in October 2020.
Minamino chose not to go on loan again last season, and he was rewarded. While Mane and Salah remained the wingers of choice at Anfield, Minamino had plenty of time in cup competitions and finished the campaign as the Reds’ top scorer in the FA Cup and EFL Cup – scoring seven times in the two competitions and lifting the last one.
Minamino lined up as a false 9 against Inter, showing adaptability, and having had a chance cleared off the line by André Onana in Italy, hopes to stand out in upcoming friendlies against Porto as well as the former club of Southampton.
What they said:
“It is a great joy for me to join AS Monaco. I am happy to be part of vsthe lub project, having has just finished on the podium twice in a row and is one of the most recognizedsed clubs in an exciting league. I can’t wait to discover my new environment and do everything possible to help the team.“
– Minamino on the exchange of Liverpool against Monaco.
“He made us better every day he stayed with us, and not just in the games he played, but in every training session. He always had a perfect attitude and a winning mentality!“
– Klopp without hard feelings after Minamino’s departure.
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