Players - Takumi Minamino

Takumi Minamino
Birthdate: 16 January 1995
Birthplace: Isumizano, Japan
Other clubs: Cerezo Osaka (2012-14), Red Bull Salzburg (2015-20)
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: 26.07.2020
Contract expiry: 30.06.2024
Win ratio: 50% W:7 D:2 L:5
Honours: Premier League 2019/20
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 1
League games / goals / assists: 10 / 0 / 0
Total games / goals / assists: 14 / 0 / 0

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 18th December 2019 Minamino completed a medical at Liverpool and it was confirmed that he would join the club on 1st January 2020. He became Liverpool's first Japanese player and was handed the number 18 jersey.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 10 3 0 1 0 14
2019-2020 10 3 0 1 0 14
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
2 Chelsea
2 Everton
1 Wolves
1 Arsenal
1 Watford
1 Crystal Palace
1 Shrewsbury Town
1 Atletico Madrid
1 Manchester City
1 Brighton & Hove Albion
1 Southampton
1 Newcastle United
Total Started/substitutions
5 Started
8 On the bench
9 Substitute
4 Substituted
Total Competition
10 Premier League
3 FA Cup
1 Champions League
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 05.01.2020 Everton Anfield FA Cup