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Japanese player Minamino signs for Liverpool

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Takumi Minamino is a very talented footballer. The guy is good. Very impressive player, quick on the ball and not afraid to shoot. Let's hope he gets enough playing time @ Liverpool FC.

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Great signing but he'll have to earn his place with greater competition. Already a possible replacement for Firmino and on that maybe he'll need a nick name so not to confuse Minamino and Firmino.

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This guy will fit our team perfectly. Next year I predict he’ll be posting some serious numbers - Salah / Mane numbers!

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maybe he'll need a nick name

He's already been dubbed the Scouse Samurai. Good player and a perfect fit for that Liverpool team. Pool's player recruitment is so far ahead of United and Arsenal, it's crazy.

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It is a win-win deal for both Liverpool FC and Minamino. Klopp has his own way in recruiting his players. Except Van Dijk and Alisson Becker, Klopp prefers to buy the rough gems, shape, and patiently polish them to perfection.

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The expectations need to be lower to give him a chance to see what he's made of and what talents he has. Playing in the English league is tough and not all can cut it. There have been many successes at L'pool but there have also been some major failures.

I guess Klopp will take it slowly and build on that. But injuries in the near future and he could be thrown into the deep end.

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I've been a staunch LFC supporter for many years - while they were the underdogs & long over looked.

The owners are smart to sign this guy. Suddenly everyone in Japan will be a Liverpool fan. Other premiere teams were after him, too. Even if he never plays, the owners will make billions ¥ from jerseys, other merchandise and advertising. Watch "Yunker" show up on the sidelines at Anfield next season as it did in Seattle during the Ichiro era.

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Except Van Dijk and Alisson Becker, Klopp prefers to buy the rough gems, shape, and patiently polish them to perfection.

Klopp buys good players. Robertson, Mane, Salah, Keita and Fabinho to name 5 were hardly ‘rough gems’. They all had experience, had shown quality in the top leagues and were hardly kids when he bought them - hence the prices he paid ( Robertson an exception ). Minamino is hardly a kid either.

I’m not taking anything away from Klopp. He tends to buy quality and these players seem to love playing for him.

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Suddenly everyone in Japan will be a Liverpool fan. 

Hoping the Reds choose Japan for a pre-season tour instead of Honkers or America. Looks a good signing, well spotted by Michael Edwards. We still need a bit of cover at the back to get us through until May though.

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Agree with Jimizo, Liverpool do not overpay, which is admirable, but they buy good players. Pretty much the finished article.

You would think the Bundesliga is closest to the Premier League, but it can be a very mixed bag when players cross over. Some do very well indeed, see KDB and Aubameyang, while others can really struggle.

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Jimizo, I appreciate your point. However, by using the phrase "rough gems," I already acknowledged them as good players before they joined Liverpool. Yet, they were only transformed to be superstars by Klopp. Mo Salah is a fine example for this, as he wasn’t even considered among the Top 100 in the world when he played at AS Roma.

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Mo Salah is a fine example for this, as he wasn’t even considered among the Top 100 in the world when he played at AS Roma.

Fair enough, but he did have a great season at Roma which persuaded Klopp to pay nearly 40 million quid for him. He also plays in a different role at Liverpool.

I’m not saying Klopp didn’t improve him as well, but it isn’t as if Klopp picked up a raw talent and honed it. With Salah it was more of a case of finding the right role which Klopp did.

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Yet, they were only transformed to be superstars by Klopp.

No question Klopp's one of the best but i don't think he - or anyone else- is the magician you may think he is. The way i see it is that the PL's a league with lots of space i mean more so than the liga or calcio and it suits 'some' players (esp forwards) more than others. If you've got 'a bit' of pace, '3 lungs' etc you're going to score goals. That's why guys like henry or anelka were instant hits but struggled (to some extent) at barca/real (playing alongside bergkamp, ljungberg and co did help, too ;). Slower, more tactical leagues arent for everyone. Guys like Salah & Mane need teams/leagues that play fast paced, attacking football, they need counter-attacking opportunities etc. Wouldnt get that if they were playing teams like Alaves, Sassuolo (who play 8-1-1 or 9-1 formations) etc week in week out.

My point is there has been many young/'good but not great'/unproven fwds from euro leagues who've had a pretty decent career in Eng, let's hope Minamino's one of them.

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I've been a staunch LFC supporter for many years - while they were the underdogs & long over looked.

Anyone who claims that a team with a massive room full of silverware are "underdogs" doesn't know the meaning of the word. Try supporting a team that's been relegated a few times.

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Anyone who claims that a team with a massive room full of silverware are "underdogs" doesn't know the meaning of the word. Try supporting a team that's been relegated a few times.

I hear you. Seems weird to consider Liverpool an underdog. But for the past decade plus it's been Man U, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal getting all the attention. LFC has the silverware but that's a while back. Relegated? Yeah, I was a huge Wigan supporter back in the day.

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Japanese international Takumi Minamino is a huge talent. Liverpool FC is a challenging platform for the ace striker to showcase his talents. All the best.

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I started supporting Liverpool and going to the game in 1955-56. Our 65th season. We were in the 2nd division. Days of Billy Liddell. Mind you we've come on abit since then.

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