The Japan worldwide was allowed to depart Anfield for a mortgage spell at Premier League rivals Southampton through the winter switch window
Takumi Minamino has aired his shock at being allowed to depart Liverpool through the winter switch window and supplied a touch in the direction of his future plans after being loaned out to Southampton.
The Japan international was facing fierce competition for places at Anfield when the choice was taken to let him see out the 2020-21 marketing campaign with the Saints at St Mary’s.
A transfer elsewhere supplied apparent advantages to all involved, nevertheless it appeared at one stage as if the 25-year-old ahead could be prevented from spreading his wings outdoors of Merseyside.
What has been mentioned?
Minamino has instructed Southampton’s official website on his transfer took place: “It was the final day [of the transfer window], after coaching – round 5 o’clock, I believe. Some guys known as me, and it simply occurred.
“I didn’t anticipate it in any respect, so I used to be in all probability probably the most stunned of anybody once I obtained the decision.
“It was a great feeling. For me it was a great alternative, and I used to be getting a constructive feeling. I needed to take this opportunity, and I got here right here.”
How has Minamino fared in 2020-21?
He was, nevertheless, competing with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota for normal sport time.
A possibility to move elsewhere was anticipated to current itself in January, with Southampton finally placing a short-term deal in place.
The 26-year-old has taken in six appearances for the Saints, scoring two goals.
What does the longer term maintain?
Minamino is tied to a contract at Liverpool by way of to the summer time of 2024.
Additional alternatives may come his means when returning to Anfield, however the Japan worldwide admits that he’s desperate to see as many minutes as doable at this stage of his profession.
He has added: “For a soccer participant, enjoying is a very powerful factor.
“Taking part in extra helps me to get extra confidence again as a participant. I need to play extra; the extra I’m serving to the group and contributing to wins, the extra my confidence will develop.
“Taking part in within the Premier League has been a dream for me since I used to be a baby. I’m actually having fun with getting the prospect to play within the Premier League.
“I solely have a couple of months left to assist the group however I need to work exhausting and use my full skills to verify the group do effectively and climb up the league as a lot as doable.
“I simply need to assist the group by scoring and aiding as a lot as doable. I’m an attacking participant so it’s my accountability to attain and help to assist the group. That’s the place I’m centered.”