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Takumi Minamino could consider leaving Liverpool

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Takumi Minamino could consider a move away from Anfield despite scoring a goal for Liverpool on Sunday. The Japanese international scored the final goal in a 3-0 victory over Brentford at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Minamino scored only for the third time for Liverpool in this competition. This strike is expected to finally make him become a major player under Jurgen Klopp. However, Klopp’s intention at the current indicates something else.

The 27-year-old started his youth career for the Japanese side of Cerezo Osaka and eventually earned his senior cap for them.

However, he got a breakthrough in his career after signing for Red Bull Salzburg in 2015. He played 136 matches for the Austrian club scoring 42 goals. His performance with Salzburg caught the eyes of big European clubs, including Liverpool. The English giants signed by activating his release clause of approx $10m.

However, the attacking midfielder’s career seems to take a halt in Liverpool due to lack of game-time and chances. He has been able to make only 26 appearances for the Merseyside club scoring 3 goals.

Chances of departure

Takumi Minamino could seriously consider a move as Klopp has made his intentions clear about him. Instead of starting the Minamino, Klopp elected to include Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his starting lineup instead.

The signing of Jota, Oxlade-Chamberlain will only make it difficult for the Japanese international to expect his chances in the first 11.

In the game against Brentford, the Liverpool boss has clearly indicated that Minamino is not in his long-term plans. His open goal miss against Arsenal in the dying minutes on Thursday night has also caused a fair amount of criticism to him. As a result, despite his strike, the Liverpool coach is never going to completely trust Minamino,

So, if that’s the case, Minamino has to start thinking about quitting Anfield in the transfer window. However, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah away at AFCON, Klopp won’t be selling any attacking players during the January transfer window.

So once the summer window opens, a transfer move of Minamino could be on the cards.

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