Takumi Minamino (FW) RB Salzburg

What will Minamino be leaning on?

  • Phil Coutinho’s broken dreams

    Votes: 39 37.9%
  • Big tin of fizzy pop

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Michael Edward’s big computer

    Votes: 7 6.8%
  • Confused ITKs

    Votes: 11 10.7%
  • Sad Ole. A bit like when Frodo goes off on that ship.

    Votes: 11 10.7%
  • Contract table. Not even real FFS.

    Votes: 6 5.8%
  • A cheap and highly efficient rail system that actually works.

    Votes: 8 7.8%
  • A bit of Melwood they are leaving up just for lads to lean on.

    Votes: 20 19.4%

  • Total voters
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Speckydodge

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It's true we spent a lot for Alisson and Virgil, but worth noting that while it was a world record for a keeper (at the time), the fee we paid is still half the reported fee being commanded by Sancho, and likely far less than half what Mbappe will go for. It really is a different ball game for those players.

For Alisson and Virgil we went out and broke the bank for the number 1 players who would absolutely transform the team through their immense quality, and neither disappointed. I'd say the team currently doesn't have a weakness like our defence did prior to those signings, so for that reason it's hard right now to see us reaching those fees again until there's such a need.

In the meantime, we can strengthen the squad from a commanding position, ensuring that we manage any succession issues through careful long-term strategic planning rather than having to react by hitting the very top end of the market.

True but it's also worth noting we're in a much much better financial state the when we pushed out the boat for those and the Keita deal. There's no doubt Klopp won't spend for the sake of it and if he can he will use from within or be shrewd in the market, but if the chance presents itself to sign Mbappe although he mightn't transform our attack because it's already so good he's still the heir to the best player in the world, it would be like turning down a 20 year old Messi you just don't do it. I don't ever expect it to happen but I have no doubt if we could we would.
 

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Please make it happen guys... A part of me is more excited hearing this for a number of reason:
i) Intensity is our DNA... And Minamino showed that in abundance over 2 legs
ii) December surprise
iii) Value (cheap price, and considering the potential for LFC to have more fans in Asia)
 

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Please make it happen guys... A part of me is more excited hearing this for a number of reason:
i) Intensity is our DNA... And Minamino showed that in abundance over 2 legs
ii) December surprise
iii) Value (cheap price, and considering the potential for LFC to have more fans in Asia)
Its done bar the Medical
 

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Please make it happen guys... A part of me is more excited hearing this for a number of reason:
i) Intensity is our DNA... And Minamino showed that in abundance over 2 legs
ii) December surprise
iii) Value (cheap price, and considering the potential for LFC to have more fans in Asia)
iii) irrelevant capitalist BS.
I'm starting to resent this angle some are taking that it speaks well of our 'nous'. If our club's proper values hold such little sway with us as fans that you put that as your third reason, ....my God.
 

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A fabulous price for such a player. I am so happy that our scouting department, or some department within Liverpool anyway, found out about this release clause, since it is apparant that Manchester United for example, had no clue. He seems a very healthy addition to our squad :)
See Manchester United now pay 85 million for a similar player in January :D
 

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Was watching this today, very amusing, have to say Japanese didnt take long to get in on the act.
Japanese are obsessed with how the rest of world sees them. They absolutely love their own playing on the big stages. Klopp will have his own coffee/sports drink advert in no time. Perhaps @legalalien start a thread on what coverage we get there!
 
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This is great. They arent allowed to talk about Minamino as hes not our player yet, so they have to talk about something else.

I hope this reporter turns up every week and asks all sorts of random questions relating to Japan to fill the time whilst he sits there waiting for Minamino to arrive. We all know why hes there but yet he cant say a word :)
 

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Problem is that I don’t live there.
I think you may be able to find imported Kirin, Sapporo and Sapporo Yebisu beers in the UK, not sure how widely distributed they are.

I always preferred them over Asahi. I dont think i have seen the Asahi black beers over here. I used to like them. There may be newer beers on the market too - its been a while since i have been in japan and tried their beers out.
 

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I am re-watching the match from this week and Minamino was SENSATIONAL. Unbelievable footwork and guile. Making plays all over the pitch. He made an unbelievable back heel pass inside our box in the first 10 minutes that required Alisson to make an incredible save. Lightning quick footwork. I couldn't be more excited for him to be deployed in our attack.
 

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This is great. They arent allowed to talk about Minamino as hes not our player yet, so they have to talk about something else.

I hope this reporter turns up every week and asks all sorts of random questions relating to Japan to fill the time whilst he sits there waiting for Minamino to arrive. We all know why hes there but yet he cant say a word :)
Yeah it was a clever turn of phrase. He can't bring up Minamino yet because it's not 'official' but at least he can talk about Kagawa whom Klopp coached at Dortmund. LOL. Pink elephant in the room. Japanese media will be a presence from now on, as I predicted.
 

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iii) irrelevant capitalist BS.
I'm starting to resent this angle some are taking that it speaks well of our 'nous'. If our club's proper values hold such little sway with us as fans that you put that as your third reason, ....my God.
The club's proper value is already the #1 reason... My God.

Being an Asian, it's a big plus to me if Liverpool come by Asia a bit more. Not quite sure if folks realise there's a huge following of Liverpool in some, if not most of the Asian countries.

Japanese football fans will have similar pride supporting a talented Japanese footballer that plays for the European Champions on merit, similar to how the local Liverpudlian enjoys supporting Gerrard, Carra, and Trent, and also the Everton counter parts for example. So I don't see what's wrong with enjoying seeing your local lad playing for the club that you supports.
 

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Watched both the Salzburg games and was greatly annoyed by him in both of them. As in:

WTF are we doing giving that (@;&;@@ so much space - he’s their best passer!!

Da hell isnt anyone marking him again?

seriously! (said loud enough that Siri asked me what I wanted. I won’t repeat my conversation with Siri as it would make me sound mean spirited and misogynistic) why is that little @&(@ running free and unmarked again?

So I’m no talent evaluator, but I think he could be very good for us. His arrive will create very tough competition for minutes in the attacking positions.
 

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I just thought he was kind of a pest against us. Always buzzing around and making things difficult. I don't think he was an especially dynamic dribbler, but he was a good passer and was much stronger on the ball than his frame would make you expect. I could see him being a terror on the press.
 

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The club's proper value is already the #1 reason... My God.

Being an Asian, it's a big plus to me if Liverpool come by Asia a bit more. Not quite sure if folks realise there's a huge following of Liverpool in some, if not most of the Asian countries.

Japanese football fans will have similar pride supporting a talented Japanese footballer that plays for the European Champions on merit, similar to how the local Liverpudlian enjoys supporting Gerrard, Carra, and Trent, and also the Everton counter parts for example. So I don't see what's wrong with enjoying seeing your local lad playing for the club that you supports.
Not sure how many will have seen this but it gives you an idea of the level of support: EVERYWHERE !!!

 

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He could be straight into the team the way our injuries are adding up
We're short on holding midfield players not attacking midfield players. Anyhoo JK's MO is typically to keep noob's out of the firing line until he's convinced that they've got a good grasp of the system. I don't expect to see the Scouse Samurai in the team for at least a month after he signs. I could be wrong of course.....
 

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To be honest I've always seen Gini as the more attacking of the 3 anyhow, hope its not long but it is the place we have options.

Anyhow wasn't in the squad that seemed short on players so I suspect that's down to this deal. Wouldn't be the first team to risk a deal so it's good to see.
 
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