Takumi Minamino could leave Liverpool for good this summer – but it might not be for Southampton.
Minamino is currently on loan to Southampton by the champions. He hasn’t had an impact at Anfield since joining RB Salzburg in January 2020.
He has only started two Premier League games in each of his two half-seasons at Liverpool. To put that in perspective, he has already started twice in the league for Southampton, although he only joined them last month.
The loan move was designed to help Minamino get back to regular playing time, something he was hungry for on Merseyside.
It seems to be working so far, with the Japan international scoring a well-scored goal on his debut for the Saints.
If they continue to thrive at St Mary’s Stadium, Liverpool will have a decision to make regarding their future. Jurgen Klopp insisted upon leaving that Minamino still has a future with his parent club, but he may not be able to promise him opportunities similar to what he could get elsewhere.
Therefore, there will be a range of contenders for Minamino’s permanent signing this summer.
According to Fichajes, one of the teams interested in Minamino is said to be Sevilla, who are longtime admirers of the 26-year-old.
The Andalusian club plans to sell some of its award-winning assets this summer. This will allow them to reinvest in other targets.
Minamino would easily fit their budget, as the asking price is only 10 million euros. Such a figure would always guarantee Liverpool a profit.
Sevilla admire Minamino for his Champions League experience and creativity. They think he would be a perfect fit for Julen Lopetegui’s training.
Therefore, they could test Liverpool’s desire to keep the player for the long haul by making an offer at the end of the season.
Klopp explains Minamino’s limited chances
Speaking shortly after the confirmation of Minamino’s temporary exit, Klopp revealed why the attacking midfielder struggled to play.
“Sometimes it was just a matter of size because of our defense issues and not being tall enough and could we get Takumi on the pitch. ‘How can we do that?’ Defending set pieces is very important. Not for gamers or journalists but these things make a difference.
“There weren’t a lot of clubs where it made sense to let Taki go, but Southampton does. It helps Southampton and it helps us.
“The only thing he’s missing is a few games in a row. It was difficult here. I would have loved to keep it. But Takumi is a long-term project here and always has been. It makes sense that he would have the chance to play games.
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