IN DECEMBER 2019, Liverpool agreed a deal to sign Minamino from Salzburg in January 2020 after activating his £7.25 million release clause. Salzburg’s sporting director Christoph Freund commented that “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.” On 18 December 2019, he had his Liverpool medical in preparation for his 1 January 2020 transfer to the team.
Liverpool’s first Japanese player, Minamino was assigned the No. 18 jersey, which was vacated by Alberto Moreno last in the summer of 2019 and has previously been worn at the club by the likes of Dirk Kuyt, John Arne Riise and Michael Owen.
On 5 January 2020, Minamino made his Liverpool debut in the club’s FA Cup win against Everton. Upon making his debut, he became the first Asian player to feature in a competitive match for the club.