Players - Takumi Minamino

Takumi Minamino
Birthdate: 16 January 1995
Birthplace: Isumizano, Japan
Other clubs: Cerezo Osaka (2012-14), Red Bull Salzburg (2015-20), Southampton (loan, 2021)
Bought from: Red Bull Salzburg
Signed for LFC: £7.25m, 01.01.2020
International debut: 13.10.2015 vs Iran
International caps: 22/11
Liverpool debut: 05.01.2020
Last appearance: 28.09.2021
Debut goal: 29.08.2020
Last goal: 21.09.2021
Contract expiry: 30.06.2024
Win ratio: 54.55% W:18 D:5 L:10
Games/goals ratio: 5.5
Honours: Premier League 2019/20
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 1
League games / goals / assists: 19 / 1 / 0
Total games / goals / assists: 33 / 6 / 2

Player Profile

Originally from Izumisano, Japan, Takumi Minamino joined Cerezo Osaka's youth set up at the age of twelve, and made his first team debut in 2012 at the age of seventeen.

Minamino made a total of 62 domestic appearances for the J League club but the 2014 season ended in disappointed as they were relegated. In January 2015 he moved to Europe joining Red Bull Salzburg, who said they had been tracking him for eighteen months. During the remainder of that 2014-15 season he scored three goals in fourteen appearances, establishing himself in a midfield role.

Over the next two seasons Minamino made 71 appearances, sometimes featuring as a striker and scoring 27 times. His club won successive league and cup doubles. During 2017-18 Minamino helped Salzburg to the title again and they also reached the semi finals of the Europa League. He signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until 2021, but including a release clause which Liverpool would later activate. 

Despite impressive domestic performances, Minamino did not establish himself in the Japan side until the end of 2018. He had made the preliminary squad of thirty for the 2014 World Cup, but not the final 22. His international appearances over the next three years amounted to just seven minutes of action, over two appearances as a substitute. In 2019 he helped Japan to the Asian Cup final, scoring his country's goal in the 3-1 defeat to Qatar.

During 2018/19 Salzburg won another league and cup double, with Minamino used in a much more attacking role. They then progressed to the group stages of the Champions League for the first time, being drawn in a group that included Liverpool. Minamino impressed in a 6-2 victory over Belgian side Genk, then scored at Anfield as his side came from 3-0 down to 3-3, only for the Reds to snatch a winner. 

On 18 December 2019 Minamino completed a medical at Liverpool and it was confirmed that he would join the club on 1 January 2020. He became Liverpool's first Japanese player and was handed the number 18 jersey, making his debut on 5 January against Everton in the FA Cup 3rd round at Anfield. He made ten Premier League appearances and finished the season with two championship medals, as Salzburg also finished as champions in Austria. Minamino scored his first goal for the Reds in the Community Shield against Arsenal on 29 August 2020, a game the Reds lost on penalties. After a half a season of failing to impress when given the chance at Anfield, Minamino was loaned to Southampton for the rest of the season for £500,000 in February 2021. Saints wanted an option to buy him in the summer but that was rejected by Liverpool. He scored twice in his first three games for Saints but failed to do so after that. Opinions were mixed amongst their fans about how his spell went, with many pointing out he was used on both flanks and as a sole striker, so never given the chance to shine in a dedicated role. 

Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 19 4 3 6 1 33
2019-2020 10 3 0 1 0 14
2020-2021 9 1 2 4 1 17
2021-2022 0 0 1 1 0 2
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
4 150 Arsenal
3 97 Chelsea
2 150 Midtjylland
2 116 Everton
2 106 Crystal Palace
2 105 Aston Villa
2 93 Brighton & Hove Albion
1 90 Lincoln City
1 90 Norwich City
1 85 Shrewsbury Town
1 64 Newcastle United
1 57 Wolves
1 44 Fulham
1 30 Ajax
1 24 Porto
1 11 Watford
1 9 Southampton
1 7 Sheffield United
1 7 Atletico Madrid
1 6 Burnley
1 6 Atalanta
1 5 Manchester City
1 1 Leicester City
Total Started/substitutions
13 Started
31 On the bench
20 Substitute
6 Substituted
Total Venue
20 Away
12 Home
1 Neutral
Total Competition
19 Premier League
6 Champions League
4 FA Cup
3 League Cup
1 Community Shield
Total Manager
33 Jürgen Klopp
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 4 0 1 6
2019-2020 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020-2021 1 0 2 0 1 4
2021-2022 0 0 2 0 0 2
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Started/substitutions
5 Started
1 Substitute
Total Competition
4 League Cup
1 Premier League
1 Community Shield
Total Goal minute period
2 1-15 minutes
1 16-30 minutes
1 61-75 minutes
1 76-90 minutes
Total Goal origin
6 Open play
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 1 1 0 0 2
2019-2020 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020-2021 0 1 1 0 0 2
2021-2022 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Total Opponent
1 Aston Villa
1 Lincoln City
Total Competition
1 FA Cup
1 League Cup
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 05.01.2020 Everton Anfield FA Cup
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 73 29.08.2020 Arsenal Wembley Other
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Cerezo Osaka 2012 Japan 1 3 0 5 1
Cerezo Osaka 2013 Japan 1 29 5 38 8
Cerezo Osaka 2014 Japan 1 30 2 42 8
Salzburg 2014-2015 Austria 1 14 3 17 3
Salzburg 2015-2016 Austria 1 32 10 40 13
Salzburg 2016-2017 Austria 1 21 11 31 14
Salzburg 2017-2018 Austria 1 28 7 44 11
Salzburg 2018-2019 Austria 1 27 6 45 10
Salzburg 2019-2020 Austria 1 14 5 22 9
Southampton 2020-2021 Premier League 10 2 10 2
Total 208 51 294 79