Southampton are reportedly interested in signing Takumi Minamino on loan from Liverpool before the transfer window shuts this evening.
According to journalist David Ornstein in The Athletic, the Saints are working on a deal to sign the Japanese international on loan for the rest of the season.
The 26-year-old, who earns £75k per week at Liverpool, has struggled for game time in Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, despite the injury problems at Liverpool, and has made just seven starts in all competitions.
Even with Liverpool’s recent goalscoring woes, Klopp was reticent to turn to Minamino, with the winger’s six-minute cameo against Burnley his only Premier League appearance of 2021.
Therefore, it seems as if he is going to struggle to force his way into the first-team picture with Liverpool, especially now the Reds look to have rediscovered their form in front of goal in the last two fixtures against West Ham and Spurs.
A move to Southampton for the rest of the season could be the ideal way for Minamino to get regular football in the Premier League, in the hope that he could return to the Reds a much more confident player in the summer, as unfortunately, it seems as if he will be sat on the bench for much of the season if he stays on Merseyside.
Earlier this season, Klopp labelled the 26-year-old a “machine” for his work rate in a Champions League fixture against Ajax, and a loan move to Southampton could allow him to showcase this on a more regular basis, in a deal that could potentially suit both parties.
Hopefully, for Minamino, a deal with the South Coast club can be agreed, as he deserves a chance to show what he can do in the Premier League, something he was always going to struggle to achieve with the Reds due to the quality of their front three.