Red Bull Salzburg star Takumi Minamino has signed a transfer agreement with Champions League winners Liverpool.
Liverpool’s signing of Takumi Minamino has been backed by Red Bull’s head of development Ralf Ragnick. The German believes that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is the perfect manager to get the best out of Minamino, who will head to Anfield for £7.25m in the new year.
Minamino impressed against Liverpool in the Champions League earlier this season when he scored at Anfield.
But it’s been reported that Klopp’s side have been tracking Minamino for five years.
Rangnick, who has previously managed Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig and Schalke, but is now a chief with Red Bull, believes it’s easy to see why Klopp is so fond of the Japanese international.
“You could [Minamino] he was good on the ball, very technical, good mentality. He is also like many Japanese players, willing to invest in the team’s efforts to win the ball back,” he said.
“Of course he had to learn those things tactically, but his willingness and his mentality was already there.
“He’s not the kind of player to say, OK the other team has got the ball so, please let me know once we have the ball so I then can take part in the game again. Even at the age of 19, you could see he was a good boy.”
Rangnick also compared Red Bull team’s style of play to Klopp’s at Liverpool.
“The style is very similar to Jurgen’s,” he added.
“It’s proactive, it’s high pressing, counter-pressing.
“Once we have won the ball we don’t want to waste any time by square passes or back passes.
“We are trying to play forward as quickly as possible, trying to create chances, trying to score as many goals as possible.”
The likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Naby Keita were all signed from teams that Rangnick has had involvement with over the last few years.
Firmino joined Liverpool from Hoffenheim, Keita signed from Leipzig while Mane and Matip left Salzburg and Schalke respectively.
“It’s definitely no coincidence that he has four former players of mine (Firmino, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip),” Rangnick joked.
“It shows that he is, in fact, looking for the same kind of players, with the same assets, with the same mentality as we do.
“And, I think, out of the top clubs in Europe, he’s probably the coach with the highest number of former players from us. He doesn’t have to thank me!”