Liverpool hail contribution of striker who ‘left a lasting impression’ as transfer is confirmed | Football

Liverpool hail contribution of striker who 'left a lasting impression' as transfer is confirmed | Football
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Takumi Minamino won three trophies in his time with Liverpool. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Liverpool have hailed Takumi Minamino for leaving a ‘lasting impression on the club’s honours’ list after his transfer to AS Monaco was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

The Japanese international joined the Reds at the beginning of 2020 from former club RB Salzburg after impressing in a Champions League fixture at Anfield, and was part of the squad which won the Premier League title for the first time in 30 years at the end of that season.

The 27-year-old never became a first-choice forward in Jurgen Klopp’s team, facing competition from the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota for a place in the starting eleven, but nonetheless made a crucial contribution to the club’s success in a golden age under their current manager.

Minamino was top scorer for Liverpool in this season’s Carabao Cup and FA Cup, scoring seven goals as the Reds completed a domestic cup double. In total, he scored 14 goals and provided three assists in 55 Liverpool appearances, plenty of them coming from the bench.

Having paid around £7m for to sign Minamino, Liverpool will receive a guaranteed £13m from Monaco, which could increase to around £15.5m if certain clauses are met.

Monaco finished third in Ligue 1 last season and will play in this season’s UEFA Champions League play-off, meaning Minamino could face Liverpool in European competition this season if his new club progresses to the group stage.

The Principality club are reinvesting some of the roughly £85m they were paid by Real Madrid in order to part with central midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who himself had been strongly liked with a move to Liverpool.

‘Minamino departs Liverpool having left a lasting impression on teammates, coaches and the club’s honours list,’ a statement released by Liverpool read.

‘Everyone at LFC would like to thank Taki for his contributions and wish him every success in the next chapter of his career.’

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