Takumi Minamino has tried his luck as a number 10 up front, on either side, and even in midfield during his 18 months with the Reds, and while he’s shown flashes of his ability, it’s never been enough to gain a permanent spot in Jurgen Klopp’s starting eleven.
A loan move to Southampton, 237 miles south, has failed to wow either, with the Japan international’s finest performance in England probably still being his Champions League appearance for Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield in October 2019.
The forward made ten appearances during his half-season tenure at St Mary’s, scoring two goals in his first three games.
Minamino’s performances for Southampton and Japan have encouraged him, and this summer might be a turning point for him, allowing him to really restart his Liverpool career.
Any team interested in signing Minamino would have to make a compelling offer, with his recent achievements for club and country ensuring the Reds will make a solid profit on their £7.25 million investment.
Despite loaning Minamino out last season, Liverpool are said to have no wish to do so again this summer, believing that a full pre-season with the Reds will be extremely beneficial to him.
Liverpool will get a closer look at £23m star
When it comes to areas where Liverpool needs to improve this summer, adding talent to the forward line is a top priority.
Former target Jeremy Doku, who is expected to be a star at this summer’s European Championships, might come into the picture.
If the Reds were to make a bid for the player, it would not be based just on the results of a single major tournament; those days are long gone. Even so, they can still be used as a way for clubs – and fans – to get a closer look.
Klopp came out of a discussion with Doku’s father, David, and claimed: “He explained to us that Jeremy could replace Sadio Mane in a few years.”
Salah offered him a shirt, and Mane, Gini Wijnaldum, and Simon Mignolet all allegedly stopped for a few words, according to reports.
Doku ultimately declined a move to England in order to continue his development at Anderlecht, where he remained until this summer, when he moved to France for about £23 million.
However, Liverpool would have maintained a close eye on Doku’s growth, as they do with all young players in the squad, particularly those who have previously been considered alternatives.