Liverpool reject Southampton’s Takumi Minamino request after completing loan move
Takumi Minamino joined Southampton on loan from Liverpool during the closing stages of the transfer window,
but the Japan international will be returning to Anfield in the summer.
The Saints didn’t get everything that they asked for in the deal to take the Japan international forward from
Minamino, who has scored four times in 31 games for Liverpool since arriving 13 months ago, moves on loan
with the Reds banking £500k from the temporary transfer.
But the 26-year-old may still have a long-term Anfield future after the Kop hierarchy and boss Jurgen Klopp
rejected the Saints attempts to install a purchase option in his switch.
Liverpool reject Southampton’s Takumi Minamino request
NSL understands that Southampton were keen on there being an agreed fee written into the deal to
allow them to snap up Minamino permanently in the summer should he impress.
Overall, Southampton will pay Liverpool £500,000 to keep the player for the remainder of the campaign
and Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, whose side has struggled to score goals recently, is confident his
new addition is capable of making an instant impact.
‘I am very pleased to welcome Takumi to our squad for the rest of this season,’ said the Austrian, whose side
takes on Manchester United this evening.