Liverpool in talks to sign Japan midfielder Takumi Minamino

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Takumi Minamino could soon become the first Japanese player to sign for Liverpool.

Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund said Thursday his club is in talks with Liverpool over the transfer of the 24-year-old Minamino, who impressed in two games between the teams in the group stage of the Champions League this season.

“We’re honored by the kind of clubs who are interested in our players,” Freund said on Salzburg’s Twitter page.

Minamino, an attacking midfielder who can also play as a forward, joined Salzburg from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka in 2015. He reportedly has a release clause of 7.25 million pounds ($9.5 million).

Klopp was very complimentary about the way Salzburg attacked Liverpool in his team’s
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