Liverpool players begged Jurgen Klopp to sign and a £60million deal could be next

When Liverpool hosted Red Bull Salzburg back in October 2019, one player left a lasting impression on Jurgen Klopp, his players and the Anfield crowd.

Takumi Minamino would record a goal and an assist for the elusive Austrians as they battled back from 3-0 down, only to suffer a 4-3 defeat against the reigning European champions in the Champions League group stage.

Also lively in Liverpool’s 2-0 win in Austria, senior players were suitably impressed. Upon his return to Melwood, Minamino was the name on everyone’s lips as Klopp’s ranks begged him to sign the Japan international.

Little did they know that a deal was already in the works, with the Reds signing the versatile forward in January after activating a £7.25m release clause. in his contract.

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But while Minamino won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup during his two-and-a-half years at Anfield, he rarely managed to replicate such electric form for Liverpool in reality.

Sold to AS Monaco for £15.5m last summer, it has been jovially suggested more than once that the Reds might have spotted the big, blond Norwegian boy upfront for Salzburg instead.

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