Who is Takumi Minamino - Liverpool's first Japanese player?

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Takumi Minamino has signed for Liverpool from Salzburg. Reuters

Takumi Minamino becomes the first Japanese player for Liverpool. AP

Takumi Minamino, centre, made 199 appearances for Salzburg, scoring 64 goals. AFP

Takumi Minamino has signed for a reported fee of £7.25 million (Dh34m). PA

Minamino joined Salzburg from Japanese side Cerezo Osaka in 2015. Getty Images

Takumi Minamino, right, has earned 22 international caps for Japan and scored 11 times. AFP

Takumi Minamino could feature in Liverpool's FA Cup third round match against Everton on January 5. Getty Images

Takumi Minamino impressed Liverpool during Salzburg's Champions League matches against them. Getty Images

Takumi Minamino during the Champions League match against Genk in November. Getty Images

Takumi Minamino after scoring Salzburg's second goal during the Champions League match against Genk. Getty Images

Takumi Minamino, right, will officially join Liverpool on January 1. AP

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Ajit Vijaykumar

Dec 19, 2019

December 19, 2019

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Japanese international Takumi Minamino signed for European Champions Liverpool on Thursday for a reported fee of £7.25 million (Dh34m) from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg.

Minamino, 24, impressed during Liverpool’s two Champions League group matches this season and is reported to have signed a four-and-a-half-year contract.

"It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player," the forward told the club website.

"And I'm so excited that the moment has come true. To play in the Premier League was one of my targets.

"I think this is the top-class league in the world; I was thinking if my career as a footballer progressed smoothly, someday I would be able to play in the Premier League.

"But I never thought I would be able to play in this team and I'm really happy about it."

Minamino scored during the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in October and will officially join the club on January 1. So who is Minamino?

• Minamino joined Salzburg from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka in 2015.

• He made 199 appearances for Salzburg, scoring 64 goals.

• He has also has earned 22 caps for Japan and scored 11 times for his nation since making his debut in 2015.

• Minamino becomes the first Japanese player for Liverpool.

• He could be available for the FA Cup third round match against Everton on January 5.

• Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton) and Junichi Inamoto (Arsenal and Fulham) are some of the other Japanese who have played in the Premier League.

Updated: December 19, 2019 02:56 PM

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