LIVERPOOL have issued an emotional statement following Takumi Minamino’s departure from Anfield.
Despite failing to establish a permanent place in the Merseysiders’ starting XI, Minamino – who Liverpool signed from Red Bull Salzburg for a paltry fee of £7.65million – was beloved by Kopites and his team-mates.
An excerpt of a club statement read: “Liverpool FC can confirm Takumi Minamino has today completed a permanent transfer to AS Monaco.
“Minamino leaves Anfield for Ligue 1 after making 55 appearances in total during his two-and-a-half-year stint as a Red, scoring 14 goals and providing three assists.”
Another snippet read: “Due to his quality and first-class attitude, Klopp once described Minamino as a ‘coach’s dream’, with the boss acknowledging the No.18 was deserving of many more starting berths.
“However, Minamino made the most of every second of his opportunities – whether that was on the pitch in matches or during training. ‘Without question, he is a person who helps set our standards,’ Klopp said.
“And so, Minamino departs Liverpool having left a lasting impression on teammates, coaches and the club’s honours list.
“Everyone at LFC would like to thank Taki for his contributions and wish him every success in the next chapter of his career.”
Reds chief Jurgen Klopp was blown away by Minamino’s professionalism during his time at Anfield and admits his presence will be missed.
The German said: “It’s hard to see Taki go, but it’s a great move for him and one he thoroughly deserves. An amazing professional; super, talented player.
“As a person, he is full of warmth and makes everyone feel positive. A manager’s dream, to be honest.
“I’m sure there will be those who think it didn’t quite work out. Those who think this are wrong. I don’t accept that. His contribution far outweighs the opportunities we were able to give, in terms of starting matches.
“He made us better each and every day he was with us – not just in the games he played in but every single session in training.
“Perfect attitude, winner’s mentality. His performances and his goals are the reason we have had to redecorate the Champions Wall so often. His achievements here will stand the test of time.”
Minamino, 27, is looking forward to the latest chapter of his career, saying: “It is a great joy for me to join AS Monaco.
“I am very happy to be part of this very exciting project, at a club with a great tradition and among the most recognized in Ligue 1.
“I’m looking forward to discovering my new environment and doing everything I can to help the team.”
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