Takumi Minamino set for Liverpool medical ahead of January transfer move

Takumi Minamino set for Liverpool medical ahead of January transfer move

- Takumi Minamino is set for Liverpool medical ahead of January transfer move

- The Japanese will be eligible to play for Liverpool as early as January 5 in the FA Cup

- Minamino impressed Klopp when Salzburg met Liverpool in the Champions League early in the season

Liverpool are reportedly close to completing the signing of Red Bull Salzburg star Takumi Minamino after activating his fairly inexpensive release clause.

The 24-year-old Japanese player caught the attention of the Reds boss during their Champions League meeting at the group stage.

Meanwhile, the forward is expected to undergo medicals on Wednesday, December 18 ahead of his £7.25 million proposed move in January.

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The Japanese star offers the Merseyside outfit extra flair, and Jurgen Klopp saw first hand what he could do when Salzburg faced Liverpool in the Champions League group stages in November.

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Notably, he scored a stunning goal at Anfield as Salzburg threatened to mount a famous comeback earlier in the season.

Minamino joined Salzburg from Japanese side Cerezo Osaka back in 2015 and at the time, the deal was worth only £1m.

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He has nine goals and 11 assists in all competitions this season and has already scored seven goals for Japan in this calendar year.

Salzburg are gearing themselves up for a mass raid of their star players as a number of English clubs are also monitoring their striker Erling Haaland - who has netted a staggering 28 in 22 matches this term.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Liverpool are planning to sign Red Bull Salzburg Takumi Minamino when the January transfer window opens next month.

And the Japanese prolific scorer will be able to feature for the Reds in the Champions League if the deal pulls through at the end of the window.

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This is because UEFA - the European football governing body has changed the rules guiding the continental championship at the knockout stages.

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