Takumi Minamino is on the verge of joining Liverpool in January and supporters have been left delighted with the news.
The Reds are reported in to have agreed a deal in principle for the Salzburg attacking midfielder.
The versatile Japanese player caught the eye during both Champions League group stage matches against Liverpool, cutting a silky figure in the final third and earning praise from Jurgen Klopp in his post-match press conferences.
His performance at Anfield was so good than many fans felt it was one of the best by an opposition player in years.
The 24-year-old can join Liverpool for just £7.25 million due to a release clause in his contract, making it an absolute bargain, too.
Here’s the best fan reaction to Minamino’s expected arrival.
Impressed by Minamino (and Hwang) when Salzburg played #LFC. Quick, sharp, clever and classy. And can play multiple positions. Clearly made an impression on Klopp as well.
No wonder he said he "loves what they are doing" afterwards!
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) December 12, 2019
He's massively earned this. Was superb over both legs and his versatility will be a godsend. Klopp no doubt salivating at this one. #LFC
— Danny Gallagher (@Danny7Gallagher) December 12, 2019
This would be such a great signing.
Produced one of the best performances by an opposition player at Anfield in years. https://t.co/agVyinY7l2
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) December 12, 2019
— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) December 12, 2019
“The Scouse Samurai” – Takumi Minamino
… I like it ?? pic.twitter.com/cwC66LZI8a
— Samantha Quek (@SamanthaQuek) December 12, 2019
“Has proved he can play, scores and creates plenty and even if he didn’t succeed with us were hardly going to lose out on any cash at that price” – Elliott Smith on Facebook.
“Seems such a perfect player!” – Iluvator on the forums.
Has all the hallmarks of another Edwards / Klopp masterclass. Has looked like a #LFC player in both CL games and a player who can play the Firmino role. Would be a brilliant addition and amazing deal if it comes off! https://t.co/yCtvB9dsxI
— Si Steers (@sisteers) December 12, 2019
Minamino is good
Covers 11.8km a game so fits into our insane workrate
Used to playing 2 games a week
Small injury history
Speaks 4 languages pic.twitter.com/0KZHRlUKIS
— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) December 12, 2019
The last 2 seasons, the January/February has been put down fall. It’s good to see the club being active this time around.
— Floyd Nundy (@TheFNundy) December 12, 2019
On Takumi Minamino:
Having interviewed some of Salzburg's hierarchy this week, believe a deal in principle has already been agreed with #LFC for January. £7.25m an absolute steal. Of all the talent at the Austrian club, he's the "true star of Salzburg"https://t.co/RzwEiN57NG
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) December 12, 2019
Love a transfer deal out of the blue! Absolutely buzzing! https://t.co/PhZkpOuOEy
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) December 12, 2019
“He will be a great addition with Milner close to retirement.” – Neo Legodi on Facebook.
“No brainer, get it done!” – Clive on the forums.
“Would be a good signing has bags of energy and is already able to player the counter press. ” – Ray Shakesheff on Facebook.
“He has looked promising in both games vs. Salzburg. Would be a welcome addition to our forward line.” – Joely G on the forums.
Hahaha we are actually going for Minamino yeeeeeerrrse!!
— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) December 12, 2019
Joyce, to Pearce, MADDOCK SHOOTS! https://t.co/pV6fMN8WJs
— LFCZA ?? ???? (@LFCZA) December 12, 2019
Well, well, well… https://t.co/MwBO2tJj5i
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) December 12, 2019
— LFCZA ?? ???? (@LFCZA) December 12, 2019
You can tell Jurgen Klopp wanted Minamino from that smile. ? pic.twitter.com/c3gSVN1MJb
— Samue (@SamueILFC) December 12, 2019
Didn't know a lot about Takumi Minamino before the Anfield game but he's one of the best opposition players I've seen in the flesh – so lively and skilful, and popped up all over the pitch. If he can be got for a £7m release clause then that would be one hell of a bargain #LFC
— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) December 12, 2019
Minamino aced his audition in a thriller at Anfield.
Klopp certainly liked what he saw! pic.twitter.com/5tKzTaRVmj
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 12, 2019
Should Liverpool sign Minamino, there's a good chance he'll make his debut in the Merseyside derby FA Cup game. Will be particularly confusing for the commentators if Mane and Mina both play too.
— David Segar (@DavidSegar_) December 12, 2019
Minamino is an excellent signing. Put in one of the best individual performances at Anfield in a long time…
£7m is another Michael Edwards masterclass. https://t.co/2qWBxPnaP1
— Kloppholic (@Kloppholic) December 12, 2019