Liverpool and Southampton have officially submitted a deal sheet for Takumi Minamino as the player nears a loan move to the south coast club. The deal sheet will allow the move to be completed until 1AM GMT on the morning of February 2nd after the transfer window closed at 11PM GMT on the 1st.
Once the move is officially completed, the midfielder will be joining the Saints for the rest of the season, where he’ll hopefully see more playing time than he’s currently getting.
Given the fact that the Japanese international has barely seen any playing time recently (Minamino has played 6 minutes of football in the Premier League since the team’s 7-0 win against Crystal Palace in December) and given Klopp’s apparent preference for several other players over him, the deal seems to make sense for all parties.
It’s not what anyone was hoping for when the midfielder was signed from RB Salzburg last January, but hopefully Minamino will continue to develop his game at St. Mary’s and make the kind of impact there that Danny Ings has made. Whether or not he has a future at Anfield, he’ll definitely have a lot of Reds fans rooting for him.