Takumi Minamino arrived at Anfield in January 2020 after Liverpool triggered his £7.25 million release clause, making him the first Japanese player to play for the club.
It seemed like the Japan international never fully got settled at Anfield.
A lack of consistent game time meaning he even spent a period on loan at Southampton during his tenure as a Red.
Of course, his task was not the easiest as he had to break into a front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah at the time.
Nonetheless, the 28-year-old still made 55 appearances for Liverpool while scoring 14 goals.
The Japan international was crucial to Liverpool’s 2021–2022 EFL Cup victory.
In four Carabao Cup appearances, he recorded four goals and one assist.
This included an injury-time equalizer against Leicester City in the quarterfinals, which the Reds went on to win in a penalty shootout.
At the end of the 2021/22 season, Minamino decided to cut his losses at Anfield.
He opted for a move to Ligue 1 side Monaco for a reported fee of €18million (£15.5m).
It’s fair to say that he is enjoying playing in a team where he can receive a bit more of the limelight.
The winger has managed five goals and four assists in 16 appearances across all competitions for Monaco.
It’s nice to see Minamino enjoying his football, but one cannot help but wonder if he still could have had a place at Liverpool.
Now alongside Wataru Endo at the Asia Cup, the Samurai’s are next in action against Bahrain for a round of 16 clash in Qatar.
What did Takumi Minamino say about Jurgen Klopp?
The former Liverpool man expressed his shock at the German’s decision while also saying that he hopes Klopp gets a ‘last hurrah’:
“My image of Liverpool has been equal to that of a team managed by Mr. Klopp,” Minamino said via The Japan Times.
“What he has built has epitomized the Liverpool of recent times.”
“It feels strange that will be gone.”
“They are still in with a chance to win all titles available this season and I hope he gets his last hurrah.”
Minamino also revealed that he spoke to patriot Wataru Endo about who could be the next manager:
“We’ve talked a bit. We were wondering who the succeeding manager will be.”
It’s nice to hear that Minamino holds no grudges over Liverpool and Klopp for some of the troubles he ran into at Anfield.
Hopefully Endo and Minamino are able to lift the Asia Cup with Japan later on in the tournament.
The final is set to take place Saturday 10 February, with Japan having every chance of making it.