Liverpool announced the signing of Takumi Minamino on Thursday morning, and Andy Robertson has already been left impressed by the Japan international.
RB Salzburg may not have made it out of the Champions League group stages, finishing third behind Liverpool and Napoli, but their performances this season has certainly earned them some admirers, especially in the direction of teenage striker Erling Braut Haaland who has netteed 28 goals in 22 appearances.
However, the Norwegian has been flanked by Hwang Hee-chan and Takumi Minamino, and having impressed in both games against Liverpool, the Premier League leaders have moved swifty to sign the latter, taking advantage of a £7.25 million release clause to complete their first bit of business of the winter window.
While Minamino may not be the most high profile name in European football, Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson was certainly impressed by the forward’s performances against the reigning European champions, describing him as Salzburg’s ‘main man’ during Liverpool’s 4-3 win at Anfield.
“It was difficult to play against Salzburg full stop, but I thought he was their main man,” Robertson told the Liverpool Echo.
“He was the one, especially at Anfield, who caused us problems.
“When we went 3-0 up, he started to dictate the game. He started to run at us a wee bit and he got a goal and an assist.
“That might be why the gaffer started looking at him and thinking ‘who is this player?’
“He will be a welcome addition for us and I’m sure he will be a fantastic player.
“We look forward to him coming over in January and I’m sure he’ll add to the already high quality in this squad.
“In the two games we played against them, he was great. Other than that, I hadn’t really seen him play.”