Takumi Minamino was allowed to leave the Reds for a loan spell at Southampton during the winter transfer window.
has admitted that he was surprised when he found out that he was allowed to leaveLiverpool
during the winter transfer window.
Minamino has toldSouthampton’s official website
about his move:
“It was the last day [of the transfer window], after training – around five o’clock, I think. Some guys called me, and it just happened.
“I didn’t expect it at all, so I was probably the most surprised of anyone when I got the call.
“It was a good feeling. For me, it was a good opportunity, and I was getting a positive feeling. I wanted to take this chance, and I came here.”
Minamino joined the Reds in January 2020 and he was able to open his goal account for the club early on in the current season.
However, an opportunity to move somewhere else was expected to present itself in January as he was competing with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Diogo Jota for regular game time.
He has been able to score two goals through six appearances since he joined the Saints.
His contract at Liverpool is going to expire in the summer of 2024 and although further opportunities are likely to come his way when he returns to Anfield, he admits that he is eager to get as many minutes as possible at this stage of his career.
He has added:
“For a football player, playing is the most important thing.
“Playing more is helping me to get more confidence back as a player. I want to play more; the more I am helping the team and contributing to wins, the more my confidence will grow.
“Playing in the Premier League has been a dream for me since I was a child. I am really enjoying getting the chance to play in the Premier League.
“I only have a few months left to help the team but I want to work hard and use my full abilities to make sure the team do well and climb up the league as much as possible.
“I just want to help the team by scoring and assisting as much as possible. I am an attacking player so it is my responsibility to score and assist to help the team. That is where I am focused.”