LIVERPOOL have issued an emotional statement following Takumi Minamino’s departure from Anfield.
The Japan international’s love affair with the Reds ended this week after he signed a four-year deal with Ligue 1 big boys Monaco, who spent £15.5million to acquire his services.
Although Minamino, who Liverpool signed from Red Bull Salzburg for a small fee of £7.65million, failed to secure a permanent place in the Merseysiders’ starting XI, he was loved by Kopites and his team-mates.
An excerpt from a club statement read: “Liverpool FC can confirm that Takumi Minamino completed a permanent transfer to AS Monaco today.
“Minamino is leaving Anfield for Ligue 1 after making 55 appearances, scoring 14 goals and providing three assists in his two-and-a-half years as a Red.”
Another excerpt read: “Due to his quality and first class attitude, Klopp once described Minamino as a ‘coach’s dream’, with the boss recognizing that the No. 18 deserved many more spots.
“But Minamino took advantage of every second of his opportunities – be it on the pitch in games or in training. ‘There’s no question that he’s someone who sets our standards,’ said Klopp.
“And so Minamino is leaving Liverpool after making a lasting impression on team-mates, coaches and the club’s roll of honor.
“Everyone at LFC would like to thank Taki for his contributions and wish him every success in the next chapter of his career.”
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was blown away by Minamino’s professionalism during his time at Anfield and admits his presence will be missed.
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The German said: “It’s hard to see Taki go but it’s a great step for him and one he absolutely deserves. An amazing professional; Super talented player.
“As a person he is full of warmth and makes everyone feel positive. Honestly a manager’s dream.
“I’m sure there will be people who think it didn’t quite work out. Anyone who thinks that is wrong. I don’t accept that. His contribution far outweighs the opportunities we were able to give in terms of launch games.
“He made us better every day he was with us – not just in the games he played in but in every single training session.
“Perfect attitude, winning mentality. His performances and goals are the reason we’ve had to redecorate the Champions Wall so many times. His performances here will stand the test of time.”
27-year-old Minamino is looking forward to the final chapter of his career and says: “It is a great pleasure for me to join AS Monaco.
“I’m delighted to be part of this very exciting project at a club with a long tradition and one of the best known in Ligue 1.
“I look forward to discovering my new environment and doing everything I can to help the team.”
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