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Name Takumi Minamino
Gender Male
Ethnic Japanese
Job Japanese Footballer

Affiliation

Org Japan National Team
Club as Player Liverpool FC
  Rb Salzburg
  Cerezo Osaka

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Liverpool confirm Minamino signing from RB Salzburg] It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player. And I’m so excited that the moment has come true

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Minamino has nothing to lose at Liverpool and doesn’t feel pressure] I feel the manager’s trust in me, so I really want to repay him. Personally, I’m not satisfied with my own performance [at Wolves], so I want to meet the expectations of the people who support me. I was mentally ready to go and all I was thinking was how to fit into the team smoothly and get into the game. I don’t feel any pressure. I’m not sure how much expectation has been put on me, but I have nothing to lose

[He added on what he can offer to the Liverpool cause] I can play on either side, but it was more about how to link up with the full-backs. If we can build a better understanding of each other, I’m sure it will get even better. They scored an equaliser after I came on, so I was desperate to contribute to the winning goal in any way I can. After we scored the second goal, I made sure to keep it simple and defend solidly

2020 02 01 Retrieve

[Takumi Minamino says Jurgen Klopp told him that he wants him to play the way he wants when he joined Liverpool in January] I cannot forget his words - two or three days after joining the club, he said I could play in any way I wanted to play. So I was really happy as a player that he said that. In the locker room, he is very good at motivating players, so I want to respond to his motivation even in the practice sessions and in the actual games

[And Minamino is eager to aid their quest for the league crown, saying] I would like to contribute to the team winning the Premier League first, but the nearest target is just to play in the games, and make a goal, or even assist one.

Of course I am really happy to be in this club, but it is not certain we are going to win the Premier League title yet. So to make it 100 per cent sure, I would like to contribute and to offer my power and strength to the team

I just found a new house to live in and am getting settled in, so I am quite relaxed at the moment living in Liverpool. Every player is very welcoming, but especially Naby Keita and Sadio Mane as they live near me. And the players who can speak German are very helpful too. The schedule is really tight, so I do not have enough time to study English. But when we move places, I try to read books and remember the words. The best words to describe my feeling [at signing for Liverpool] were delight and joyful

[The former Cerezo Osaka star says he was wanted by several teams before he opted to make his childhood dream a reality by joining the Reds] I cannot tell you which other teams approached me, but some Premier League and German clubs. The reason why I chose to come to Liverpool was that playing for Liverpool was one of my dreams since my childhood, so I had no reason to say no to them. I like Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres and Liverpool was one of my favourite clubs growing up. I was very impressed with their strong mentality to come back from 3-0 down and I remember how they played in that second half [against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final]

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Minamino reveals ex-Man Utd man Kagawa helped convince him to join Liverpool] I spoke to Maya Yoshida at Southampton but I didn’t ask him about Liverpool. I just told him that I would be coming to the Premier League, though, I never told him it would be Liverpool!

I also spoke to Shinji Kagawa as he had played for Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund, too. Klopp talked to me about Shinji and Shinji talked about Klopp and from that I could sense that they had a really good relationship

Shinji said that Klopp was one of the best coaches in the world and now that I am here and working for him I have also realised that he is one of the best coaches around

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Minamino can save Liverpool millions despite unusual start] I have to be more aggressive. I have to adapt to it as quickly as possible