Takumi Minamino: Liverpool new signing is ‘one of a kind’ inspired by Ronaldo

Takumi Minamino is a winner. Or at least he has a desperate desire to win, often stating how he hates losing. It is a characteristic that will serve the Japan winger well as he joins a Liverpool side unbeaten in 34 Premier League games – their longest such run in the top flight. All Minamino has ever wanted to do is play football – his unequivocal love for the beautiful game evident since an early age. As a child, Minamino was substituted while playing for local club Sessel Kumatori, where…

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Takumi Minamino: Liverpool to sign Red Bull Salzburg winger in January

Liverpool have confirmed they will sign winger Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg when the transfer window opens on 1 January. The Japan international, who is thought to have a release clause of £7.25m, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal until summer 2024. Minamino, 24, has scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in 22 appearances for the Austrian side this season. “It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player,” he said. Minamino finalised personal terms and passed a medical on Merseyside on Wednesday. “To play in…

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Club World Cup: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is ‘wrong person’ to address Qatar issues

Jurgen Klopp says he is the “wrong person” to address concerns over Qatar’s human rights record. Liverpool are in the country for their Club World Cup semi-final with Mexican side Monterrey on Wednesday. Concerns have been expressed about the country hosting this event and the 2022 World Cup because of its stance on homosexuality and immigrant workers’ rights, among other issues. “Organisers have to think about these things, not the athletes,” Klopp said. “When sportsmen have to decide to be part of a competition, it’s not right.” The Reds won…

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No one wants to face Liverpool in Champions League last 16: Robertson

Defending champions Liverpool will be the team others want to avoid when the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is held on Monday, left back Andy Robertson has said. Liverpool reached the knockout stages as group winners with a 2-0 victory at Salzburg on Tuesday, and could be drawn against Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta or Olympique Lyon. Juergen Klopp’s team have made the final of Europe’s elite club competition two years in a row, finishing runners-up to Real in 2017-18 and beating Tottenham Hotspur…

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Klopp hails Salah’s ‘sensational finish’

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp praised Mohamed Salah for showing self-belief after he spurned several straightforward chances before scoring from a tight angle to help the defending champions reach the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday. Liverpool beat Salzburg 2-0 to advance as Group E winners, with Salah adding to midfielder Naby Keita’s opener after rounding opposition goalkeeper Cican Stankovic. “He played really well but didn’t score in the situations we expect him usually to score, but staying on track and making such a decisive and very difficult finish, that probably…

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Liverpool: Klopp faces wait over fitness of Fabinho

Liverpool face an anxious wait over the fitness of Fabinho after he suffered an ankle injury during Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Napoli. The Brazil midfielder is suspended for Saturday’s Premier League match against Brighton, but manager Jurgen Klopp is worried he could miss more games. Liverpool host Everton on 4 December, their first game in a packed schedule for the month. “I don’t want to say what I expect,” said Klopp. “It’s early and we all hope it’s not too serious but it’s pretty painful and in an area…

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Virgil van Dijk: Netherlands captain out of Estonia qualifier for personal reasons

Virgil van Dijk will not play in the Netherlands’ final Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia in Amsterdam for personal reasons. He played the whole game as the Dutch drew 0-0 in Northern Ireland on Saturday to qualify for the finals. But the captain left their training camp and will not feature on Tuesday. A statement released by the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said Van Dijk’s absence for the Estonia game was due to “personal circumstances”. The 28-year-old Liverpool defender has not missed a minute of Premier League football this season,…

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Liverpool deep in swap deal talks to see star winger move to Anfield

Liverpool are in advanced negotiations with Bournemouth over a swap deal that would see Ryan Fraser come to Anfield and Harry Wilson stay on the south coast, according to reports. Fraser has been influential for the Cherries since the start of last season, assisting 14 goals in the previous campaign which put him second behind Eden Hazard for the most in the Premier League. This season, Fraser has followed that up with a goal and two assists in 11 league outings so far but according to talkSPORT, those statistics have not…

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