Minamino joins Southampton on a loan deal

Tue 02 February 2021 | 9:05

The 26-year-old tried so hard to have an influence at Anfield since he signed with Liverpool last year.

The Japan international

Takumi Minamino

has signed a loan deal with


for the second half of the campaign. The speculations surrounding


’s possible moves on deadline day was about defensive additions.

The Reds’ need to strengthen the defence was highlighted after it was deemed that

Joel Matip

would not feature again this season, with the 29-year-old centre-back being out of action for a long time like Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool manager

Jurgen Klopp

sealed a permanent deal with

Ben Davies

away from Preston and added

Ozan Kabak

on a loan deal with an option to buy in order to strengthen his defence.

The reports on Monday evening have also suggested that Southampton are eyeing the Japan international Minamino, and

Ralph Hasenhuttl

pronounced that the loan contract was signed by the two parties for the remainder of the season.

Hasenhüttl said: “

I am very pleased to welcome Takumi to our squad for the rest of this season.

“He will help provide another good attacking option, and is importantly the right profile of player for us.

“This will give us some additional depth in our squad at an important time, and I am looking forward to beginning work with him on the training pitch.”

Minamino will have the opportunity to play regularly for Saints, something that he sought ever since he joined Liverpool from Red Bull Salzburg.

He met the target in the clash against Arsenal in August, and it was on December 19 when he finally found the back of the net in the thumping 7-0

Premier League

victory over

Crystal Palace

. After the match, Minamino expressed his feeling about scoring in the Premier League for the first time.

A goal in the Premier League was what I really wanted to achieve,

" he said. "

Rather than feeling happy about it, I think it took longer than I wished. But I am happy that I could contribute to the team’s victory.

“I wouldn’t say that I was disappointed with myself [for not scoring in the Premier League previously], but I always wanted to score as soon as possible. I also felt some pressure about it.

“I am happy that I finally scored, but I have only scored once, so I will work hard to score more.”

After that, he has only featured in two more games for the Reds. He will most definitely make his debut for the Saints next, pushing to have an impact in the second half of the campaign.

source: SportMob

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