Kevin Hatchard, a European football commentator, believes that Takumi Minamino, who will be joining Liverpool at the start of the January transfer window, is going to fit in perfectly at the Anfield.
Earlier this month, Liverpool agreed a deal worth £7.25million to bring in the attacking midfielder from Red Bull Salzburg. The Japan star was impressive during both the Champions League against Liverpool and also managed to score a goal in the 4-3 loss at Anfield in October.
Hatchard revealed that Minamino has been a consistent performer for Salzburg since he joined the Austrian club from Japanese side Cerezo Osaka in 2015.
It will be difficult for Minamino to break into the first team with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino being at the helm of the Liverpool attack, however, the pundit believes him to be a perfectly capable backup for any of the three players.
And he reckons he would also suit perfectly to the style of play adopted by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
Salzburg are very realistic about this kind of thing,” Hatchard said on talkSPORT.
“Leipzig have followed this model to an extent as well, though they’re now more serious about winning the Bundesliga so they don’t want their top players to go.
“Their whole business model works on identifying talent, developing talent, and then selling it on.
“It is a shock that he has such a low release clause because, even though all the focus has been on Erling Haaland, [Minamino] has been a consistent performer for Salzburg for quite a long time.
“One of the great things about him is he’s versatile.
“He could play in the centre of that attack – in similar areas to where [Firmino] operates – but he can also play out wide as well, so Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah could have a rest. He can slot in anywhere along the front three.
“He’s consistent, he’s used to playing in a high-pressing team so he has that energy, he’s got a great burst of pace, he’s got a good eye for a pass.
“What Liverpool wanted and have wanted for a while is somebody who would be prepared to come in and back up that front three, and he does that perfectly because he can fit in any of those positions.
“As I say he has that burst of pace, he’s used to working hard without the ball.
“He’d have to do that or Klopp won’t have it – you don’t walk in and wander around with Klopp do you?
“I think he’s the perfect fit and I think Liverpool are so, so clever in the transfer market.”
Minamino is set to become a Liverpool player on January 1.