12 December 2019 18:44
Get the biggest Liverpool FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Takumi Minamino appeared to drop a transfer hint following Liverpool's Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg earlier this season. The Reds had just beaten the Austrian club 4-3 at Anfield, with Minamino getting on the scoresheet in the group game. The Japanese forward took to Twitter after the match, where he wrote: "It has been almost five years since I moved abroad. I'm happy that there's a great stage to test whether I'm growing now. But I want to grow more." At the time no one was linking the forward with a move away, as it was his team-mate Erling Haaland who was stealing all the plaudits.
But two months on and the tweet is an interesting one, portraying Minamino's ambition to keep growing as an individual. It suggests he's had his eye on a move away for a little while now, and it's curious he posted the tweet following the match with Liverpool. RB Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund recently spoke out about the proposed transfer, in which he encouraged the forward to leave. (Image: REUTERS) Freund told the Independent: "He is an outstanding player with an outstanding personality. The big clubs have been watching him and if I was them, I'd have no hesitation to sign him. Takumi is ready to make the next step in January." He also tweeted: "I can confirm that there are currently discussions with Liverpool. It is an honor which clubs are interested in our players."