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Takumi Minamino leaves Liverpool and joins Monaco on a permanent deal.

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Takumi Minamino has left Liverpool after two and a half years. The club has now confirmed the transfer to Monaco after he passed his medical. His arrival at the club came in lockdown. This brought a unique challenge for the player who barely spoke English. He understandably spent the second half of the 2020/21 season on loan at Southampton. However, he struggled on loan at Southampton.

Despite, that Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp rated him very highly. So, nevertheless the forward returned after his loan ended. But, the 27-year-old returned to play a key role in the last campaign. He scored 10 goals in his 22 appearances. But he never cemented his place as a regular starter which made him leave the club. Takumi Minamino has now swapped Liverpool for Monaco for £12.9 million rising to £15.5 million.

TAKUMI MINAMINO HAD A IMPRESSIVE RECORD FOR THE REDS

Only Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, and Firmino netted more goals than Minamino. The Japanese forward averaged a goal or assist every 81.3 minutes in all competitions. It was often a thankless task for Minamino at Anfield. He was vital in the victories in cup rounds which helped Reds progress to FA Cup and League Cup. But he featured in neither of the victories in the finals over Chelsea at Wembley. This was clearly a blow for the No.18.

In the summer, following the departure of Sadio Mane, Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho signed for the club. This made the Japanese international fall down the pecking order more. In a recent interview, Minamino claimed most of the games he played did not make much of a difference. So, it was no surprise that he sought a permanent exit this summer.

The forward departs having made 55 appearances for Liverpool and scoring 14 goals. He will be remembered fondly for his contribution at Anfield by the Liverpool fans.

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