Liverpool could backtrack on their initial stance and consider selling Takumi Minamino this summer, according to reports.
Minamino joined Liverpool from RB Salzburg in January 2020 after playing against them in the Champions League. Just one year later, he was on the move again as he was loaned to Southampton. The attacking midfielder had struggled for starts at Anfield so was given a new challenge.
At the time, Jurgen Klopp insisted it was a temporary solution and that Minamino still had a long-term future with Liverpool. It seems that the situation has changed, though.
Minamino made a bright start to life at Southampton with a goal on his debut against Newcastle and his third appearance against Chelsea. But he failed to add any more goals in his remaining eight appearances for Saints.
However, the South Coast club are still keen to keep him if they can strike a deal. Tempting Liverpool into a sale may prove challenging, but there are now signs that his parent club are opening their minds to a potential permanent deal.
According to Hampshire Live, Liverpool are open to selling Minamino for a profit. They originally spent £7.25m on the Japan international so are hoping to receive a higher sum.
Given that they know Southampton are heavily interested, they are confident they can hold out for a fee to their liking. This Is Anfield add that Liverpool could even have a realistic chance of doubling their money.
At present, though, there have been no official talks between the two clubs over Minamino’s future. It is claimed he is also open to staying at St Mary’s Stadium, but will have to wait and see what the clubs decide.
Hasenhuttl rules nothing out for Minamino
Speaking last month, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl kept all options open for Minamino.
“He was a very lively factor in our game for the matches he played,” the manager said.
“He did a good job here. We gave him a chance to show up, that he is able to compete in the Premier League.
“We will have a look what happens in the summer, what Liverpool wants to do.
“There are discussions going on, but there is no decision taken so far.”