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Takumi Minamino: The Reds Rising Star

Early Career and Abilities

  • Started career playing as a Left Winger or as an attacking Midfielder for Cerezo Osaka (J1 League club)
  • Gifted with explosive style of play, agility and pace
  • Can effortlessly evade past the defenders
  • Sound tactical awareness and versatility
  • Plays well in 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 formation
  • Prefers to play on the Left wing
  • Can lead the attack or play as a Right Winger
  • Continued with several eye catching performances


FC Red Bull Salzburg Career and development

  • Joined FC Red Bull Salzburg (Austrian Football Bundesliga Club) around January 2015
  • Further improved his defensive aspect
  • Alongside with Erling Håland soon became the key components of Jesse March’s attack
  • Continued with more scintillating performances for both club and country
  • Won 6 successive domestic titles
  • Continued with more scintillating performances
  • Had release clause of under £8 Million in the contract

It was then just a matter of time that the scouts from big clubs started to take notice of the talented Japanese.


Notable Performance

Minamino announced his arrival at Anfield with a BANG. A well struck volley past the hapless Adrián (in the Champion League 2019-20 Group Stage).

Even the amazed Jürgen Klopp could do then was just admire the goal. Minamino’s notable performances of this match caught the attention of everyone at Anfield.

Thanks to Mohamed Salah’s late winner; Liverpool Fc (The Reds) narrowly won, despite being overran by Minamino and FC Red Bull Salzburg.


Reds Career (so far)

  • The Reds quickly activated the release clause
  • Signed for the Reds on January 2020
  • Became the first Asian player to represent the Reds
  • Shown few glimpses of his bright talent through brief cameos
  • But was unable to replicate his past performances
  • Unlikely to displace any of the Reds prolific attacking trio (Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah).

Yet his resilience, fierce determination and nothing to lose attitude will help him succeed at Anfield.


Verdict: Fabinho and Andrew Robertson were given their time to get familiar with Klopp’s system. Like them, Minamino will also be given time.

The Reds are due to play several matches in a short space of time.

So, Klopp might consider switching from the regular 4-3-3 Formation to 4-2-3-1 Formation for the 2020-21 Season.

Minamino will only get better and become a vital player for the Reds.

He surely is The Reds Rising Star from Japan.