Report: Southampton ask Liverpool about Minamino
Takumi Minamino may not have had the easiest time on loan at Southampton, but it seems that that may not have put Ralph Hasenhuttl off asking Liverpool about the forward this summer.
Landing Minamino appeared to be a real coup for the Saints at the end of the January transfer window.
And it appeared that the Reds may be left to rue loaning him out. His debut display left many Southampton fans lauding the Japan international.
He marked that appearance with a superb goal at Newcastle.
Minamino would also go on to score in his third appearance for the Saints. However, from there, there seemed to be little of note from the 26-year-old.
Nevertheless, it appears that Hasenhuttl would be keen to have him in his ranks once again next season.
According to Hampshire Live, Southampton have made an enquiry to Liverpool regarding his availability.
It is noted by Hampshire Live that Minamino is expected to hold talks with the Reds about his future later this summer. He is currently away on international duty.
Liverpool should welcome Southampton bid for Minamino
The report does not share whether Southampton would like Minamino on another loan or are willing to take him permanently.
But if they are prepared to make a permanent bid, Liverpool will surely welcome the offer.
Unfortunately, Minamino has not quite been able to stake a particularly strong claim for more game-time on Merseyside.
And with Klopp likely to have his own targets in mind, he may well feel that a permanent move could be best for all concerned.
Perhaps it may prove to be a gamble from the Reds – particularly if he joins a Premier League rival. Klopp did describe him as ‘incredible’ shortly after his move.
But if Southampton are open to signing him permanently, Liverpool should not stand in his way.