He has already had a trial with Monaco
During an interview with So walk for the release of a book on their period at the Monaco training center, Abdou Diallo, Dylan Bahamboula, Lounisse Merzouk and Anthony De Freitas mentioned an anecdote concerning Takumi Minamino. “In the book, I start by quoting several names of players who came to try out at ASM and I remembered that there was an Asian who was there. At first, I thought it was Takefusa Kubo, the little Japanese from Real Madrid. But actually, it was Takumi Minamino. So, of course, the others didn’t miss me. » A few years later, the winger has joined the Rock. This Tuesday, he officially committed until 2026 with the ASM.
He can play on the whole front of the attack
Technically fine, the Japanese is a complete winger. Able to eliminate, pass and conclude actions, he will allow Philippe Clement to easily adapt his tactical devices. Especially since the attacking midfielder can evolve in all attacking positions. Although he has played few matches this season with Liverpool (22 in total, 1,011 minutes played), he still had time to cover the entire attacking front. On one side, in 10 or in front, the 27-year-old scored ten goals. During his career, he also helped out as a midfielder. The ideal player when making his team composition.
His track record is already well provided
Arriving in Europe in 2015, Takumi Minamino settled in Salzburg. With the Austrian champion, he perpetuated the tradition and won the Austrian Bundesliga six times in a row (over the last season he was titled but only played the first part of the season before going to Liverpool) , while winning five national cups. In England, the Red have added a Premier League to their list in 2020, and the League and English Cups in 2022. Helped by Salzburg’s domination, they have already filled their cupboard with 14 trophies, to which can be added the 2013 Japan Best Newcomer Award.
With Salzburg, Takumi Minamino won 11 titles in six years. (Johan Eyckens/Isosport/Sports Press)
In Salzburg, he rubbed shoulders with several well-known players
In recent years, Red Bull Salzburg has built a reputation for unearthing nuggets. During these six years spent in Austria, Minamino rubbed shoulders with some well-known players. If he arrived a few months after the departure of Sadio Mané, he had time to share the ball with some high-sounding names in European football such as Erling Haaland, Naby Keita (his future teammate in England), Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Sabitzer or Duje Caleta-Car.
He holds a record in the Guinness Book
Have your name in the Guinness Book of Records? Do. In January 2014 Takumi Minamino beat the number of High five in less than a minute: 187. An original record which the winger justified at the Liverpool site: “I held the record for the most high-fives in one minute, but I think it’s been broken. It happened when I was playing for Cerezo Osaka and it was an event organized by the club for people living in the area. About 200 people lined up in a mall and as I was the youngest player on the team, I was chosen to join them. I had to run down the line and clap them and managed to break the Guinness World Record. »