Why Liverpool allowed Minamino to join Southampton

Why Liverpool allowed Minamino to join Southampton

Southampton sign Minamino

Southampton secured the loan signing of Takumi Minamino from Liverpool on Deadline Day in what was a surprise move for the Japanese international who had begun to get more minutes under Jurgen Klopp, especially in the absence of Diogo Jota.

Southampton head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl was pleased to have secured the signing of the young forward who can play in a number of positions in the front line, having arrived at Merseyside from the highly-rated Red Bull Salzburg development machine.

“I am very pleased to welcome Takumi to our squad for the rest of this season. He will help provide another good attacking option, and is importantly the right profile of player for us,” said Hasenhuttl.

Why Liverpool allowed Minamino to join Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: Ralph Hasenhuttl, Managerof Southampton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Leicester City at St Mary’s Stadium on October 25, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

“This will give us some additional depth in our squad at an important time, and I am looking forward to beginning work with him on the training pitch.”

With the fitness issues that Southampton have faced regarding Che Adams and Danny Ings, Minamino will provide quality competition and cover should the Saints experience further problems.

Southampton also sent Shane Long on loan to Bournemouth which will open up more opportunities for the 26-year-old.

Why Liverpool let him leave

It is still intriguing as to why Liverpool have allowed the Japanese forward to move on, if only temporarily, because with the fitness issues of their front-line, and the intermittent form which some of them have displayed this season, having more offensive options was surely more sensible?

Although, it has been revealed by The Athletic’s Liverpool correspondent James Pearce that Jurgen Klopp wants Minamino to be playing regularly with a future at Anfield not over.

“Klopp wants Minamino to get a run of games in the Premier League between now and May. Still sees a future for him at Anfield. St Mary’s seen as a good fit given Hasenhüttl’s style of football and admiration for the player,” he wrote.

The theory was seemingly confirmed by the fact that Liverpool rejected Southampton’s request for an option to purchase the player at the end of the loan stint. Joining Southampton, Minamino arrives at the club where Sadio Mane once played having himself moved from the Austrian champions. Could it be the time and club he needs to shine?

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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