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Liverpool Players Begged Jurgen Klopp To Sign Forward After Champions League Display

Tom Fenton

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Liverpool Players Begged Jurgen Klopp To Sign Forward After Champions League Display

When RB Salzburg came to Anfield in October 2019, the star on the away side's team sheet was Erling Haaland.

While the Norwegian prodigy did grab a goal of his own, it was the performance of a certain Takumi Minamino that left an impression on the home fans - and even some of the home players.

It was a dramatic night of Champions League action, with Salzburg coming back from 3-0 down to briefly level the game at 3-3.

Minamino was instrumental in the fightback, scoring a wonderful half-volley, before helping to tee-up Haaland's goal.

The Japanese international was subsequently signed by Jurgen Klopp for the small fee of £7.2 million - partially due to that electric cameo at Anfield.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

It wasn't just the forward's end product that caught the eye that evening, however.

By taking up intelligent positions between the lines, often just behind Fabinho, he was able to receive the ball 29 times, while also completing 25 passes himself.

Minamino's work off the ball was just as impressive, with his total of 34 pressures just one less than current Brighton defensive midfielder, Enock Mwepu.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Minamino's display was such that a group of Reds players begged the coaching staff to sign him.

Little did they know at the time that Michael Edwards, the club's backroom transfer guru, was already working on a deal to bring him in.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

Next week marks the two year anniversary of the Liverpool v RB Salzburg clash, and it's fair to say that the 26-year-old has endured a somewhat mixed spell on Merseyside since making the switch.

Minimal game time would see Minamino sent out on loan to Southampton last season, where he would score twice across 10 appearances.

Back at Anfield this season, things are now looking much rosier for the man from Izumisano.

Minamino bagged a brace during last month's Carabao Cup tie against Norwich City, and has firmly established himself as a worthy stand-in on either wing.

The forward is finally well-placed to get the opportunities he always craved at Liverpool.

With that in mind, don't write him off just yet.

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Topics: Liverpool, Takumi Minamino, Premier League, RB Salzburg, Champions League

Tom Fenton
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