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What can FPL managers expect from new Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino?

It’s early days, but Japanese star Takumi Minamino‘s (£6.5m) move to Liverpool could be the January transfer window’s stand-out piece of business.

The former Red Bull Salzburg attacker has joined the Reds for £7.25m – an almost laughably small fee in today’s inflated market given his record at the Austrian side.

We have assessed what Minamino has already achieved and what he can deliver for Fantasy managers for the rest of the 2019/20 season.

THE HISTORY AND STATISTICS

Minamino joined Japanese side Cerezo Osaka’s youth team at 12 and progressed through their academy system.

He made his first-team debut in 2012, ending that season with one goal from five appearances.

Clear progress was made over the next two seasons – he scored eight times in 38 matches to win the 2013 J.League best newcomer award – and that prompted a number of European clubs to show interest in signing him.

Red Bull Salzburg won that particular race and Minamino quickly established himself in the Austrian outfit’s midfield before being employed as a winger, on either flank, as a second striker and even a centre forward in later campaigns.

That versatility is one of his key strengths – in the 20 games he played in all competitions for Salzburg this season, he was used in five different roles across the midfield and attack, scoring nine goals and setting up another ten.

Overall in Austria, Minamino’s attacking stats are deeply impressive, with 64 goals and 44 assists across 199 appearances.

He’s also shone for the Japan national side, scoring 11 times in 22 appearances.

COMPARISONS

The following table – collated from figures for the 2019/20 season so far – highlights Minamino’s ability to both feed off chances and create them.

But what is most impressive is how well he has performed in the Champions League; a competition considerably more demanding than the Austrian Bundesliga.

Although the 24-year-old was already being monitored by Liverpool, he had the good sense to showcase his talents by scoring against them at Anfield in a thrilling 4-3 Champions League loss.


Mins per shotMins per shot in boxMins per shot on targetMins per chance created
Minamino (ABL)43.36575.853.5
Minamino (CL)3039.210242.5
Firmino26.731.967.970.8
Mané33.739.766.144.1
Origi44.750.313480.4
Salah22.227.246.551.5

THE PROSPECTS

Despite being mostly employed on the flanks by Salzburg this season, Minamino’s natural fit at Liverpool could well involve providing cover for (and eventually replacing) Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) through the middle – a position he occupied for the 70 minutes of his debut against Everton in the FA Cup.

That’s certainly the opinion of the coach who handed him his Cerezo Osaka debut, Levir Culpi, who has talked of the need for Minamino to become ‘an absolute regular, not a handyman’ at Liverpool, adding that the Japanese star can be ‘a more determined player’ than Firmino.

The new signing’s English debut, in the FA Cup against Everton, strengthened that notion as Jurgen Klopp started him down the middle, supported by Divock Origi (£5.2m) and Harvey Elliott (£4.5m) on the flanks.

Minamino had 33 touches and enjoyed an 86.4 per cent pass completion rate as he made a promising start to his Liverpool career.

But in the short term, the new signing will be hard pushed to dislodge any of the Reds’ fabled front three from their starting roles, so his versatility should at least guarantee him action from the bench as a replacement for any one of that trio of attackers, or as the more advanced member of the side’s midfield three.

With Champions League duties returning in February, Klopp’s need to rotate his squad could prompt him to start Minamino in a Premier League fixture or two.

And should the Reds go on to win the league title as early as their current healthy lead suggests they might, more consistent domestic action could come his way during April and May – particularly if Liverpool are still in the hunt for a second successive Champions League crown.

Minamino has consistently delivered both goals and assists in his career to date, but his move to the Premier League is a big step up in quality compared to the Austrian Bundesliga.

Then again, his record in the Champions League suggests he relishes the challenges posed by tougher opponents.

Klopp was his usual effusive self when talking about his new signing’s debut:

Super, outstanding. Exactly the player we wanted, exactly the player we wished for. Your first game in a team you don’t know, if it’s a settled team it’s already difficult – this team we threw more or less on the pitch with two sessions together. And then showing this kind of game understanding, football skills are exceptional, attitude is outstanding, led the chasing pack so often in different situations, which I loved.

That love won’t buy him too many Premier League starts for now – unless key injuries work in his favour.

But his versatility should gain him some pitch-time and there is a very real prospect of much heavier involvement if Liverpool continue on their all-conquering way.

And if he is consistently employed in the Firmino role, his FPL classification as a midfielder could mark him out as a late-season bargain offering the potential for explosive attacking returns.

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633 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Can we settle the captain dilemma for this gameweek please, I have Mane and Salah so I feel I’ve got enough Liverpool coverage without captaining them. This leaves it between KDB and Vardy... who to go with and reasons why please??

    1. KDB (avl)
    2. Vardy (SOU)

    Cheers all

    1. Daniel Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I'm worried about what impact David Silva will have to Kdb. Vardy out of the two for me

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Vardy

  2. kime67
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Kdb was very deep against everton.

    1. Daniel Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      He was. He still came close to an assist at the end

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Things on twitter saying this ‘deep’ role is a myth

        1. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          What things? As a City season ticket holder, it’s really not. He definitely played it against Everton. He can still return from there but for me he is only captain material when further forward. It’s very harr to predict which role he will get game to game, there so many interchange players. The only one who has a pretty consistent position when he plays is Dilva, central AM. The fact he is rested is enough to put me off KDB Captain this week.

          1. jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            How much do you pay for City season tickets? Curious.

            1. Devo-McDuff
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Think might was about 550 mate.

              1. jtreble
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                That’s not bad at all. Interesting.

          2. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Who’s our captain, Vardy?

            1. Devo-McDuff
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I was on him and might still, Southampton ate much improved defensively though.

              Leaning towards Salah as he has looked very dangerous lately, out of position and probably on pens. Spuds get dominated very easily, they’ll probably try and park the bus but I’m not convinced they’ll be very good at it.

              1. fcsaltyballs
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Yeah mate for me it’s between KDB and Vardy. Not fully confident with Kevin but like you say expecting a very different SOU team to when they played LEI last time, Ndidi is missing too which could have a big impact.

                I fancy Liverpool to do well, could but 3 or so past them if they go for it. But I have both Mane and Salah and could be putting my eggs in one basket if I was to (C) Salah too

                1. Devo-McDuff
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  I have the same 4 to pick from as you then. I know what you mean and it is a risk but I don't see anything other than a Pool win against Spurs, they've looked so bad lately, the 5-0 against Burnley was a complete anomaly and Burnley are rubbish at the moment anyway.

                  I wish I could be confident KDB gets the attacking role as I would definitely opt for him then, almost set and forget.

                  1. fcsaltyballs
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Maybe his presser will give more away like who might be rested, but then again this is Pep.

                    Good luck for the gameweek mate

                    1. Devo-McDuff
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      You too mate!

    2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Added protection to centre backs with Everton playing 2 up top? How did City lineup against United?

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        KDB was in the front 3

        1. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          It was a false front though.

    3. kime67
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Dont like the fact that he can play deep sometimes.

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        This is a complete myth... look at whoscored.com and look at his heat maps for the last few games

        1. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I just did. Barely gets near the penalty box against Everton. How is it a myth? He doesn’t play the same position every game so you can’t say it’s a myth because of his heatmaps in some recent games.

          Didn’t realise that site has such cool functionality though, ta!

  3. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Maddison+Willems to Cantwell+TAA?

    Cantwell will be bench player

    1. Daniel Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      You need TAA for the DGW.

      1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Hence why I’m buying him

        1. Daniel Son
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Go for it. Can you not fund it another way? Maddison is good

    2. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Could backfire this week (if Maddi is fit) but yes, I think

  4. theodosios
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    So, now, Son will be CF instead of Kane.Oooh no, you're not going to trap me again you spoiled crying kid.

    1. Daniel Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      We're all getting sucked in. Just watch

      1. theodosios
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        No, no, he manage to screw me two times (last time as a captain), the thrid will not.

  5. GloryManUnited
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Easiest Captain choice this year so far...

    (K)unnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Be nice to have Kun for this week.

  6. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Obviously we have a DGW34, when are the other DGW's and the blacks GW's likely to be this season ?

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      DGW24

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Bgw 28

      1. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Who will have a blank?

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      DGW24
      BGW28
      GW34 will be a double for some and a blank for some
      DGW37

  7. Hodg55
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Alli >> ??

    A: Sarr
    B: Richarlison
    C: Save FT

    1. dshv
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      B

  8. dshv
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Play baldock and lund together

    Or

    One of them with rico????

    1. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Play both bcz Rico is waste

  9. KUNingas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Mad to do Alli -> Martial? Not so keen on Richarlison as would bring DCL in later

    1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Not Mad. Do you want Martial long term?

      1. KUNingas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Yeah looking to keep him medium term. Got 2FTs so can change him to someone else next week if necessary

        1. KUNingas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Two next home games tempts me

    2. Jullepuu
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Sounds good to me

    3. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Thank God the break is done with. Need some FPL back in our lives.

      1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Amen.

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Long 8 days 😛

      3. Daniel Son
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Yeah, I thought i was ready for a break after GW21 finished but i just missed fpl. The addiction is real

      4. Jindaljain
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I was about to die

      5. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Can’t wait till it’s over

      6. King Kohli
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Who u captaining buddy?

        I'm tempted to risk it on Salah/Mane

      7. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        The struggle was real!

      8. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        It is funny how this seemed a long break after the busy season but it was roughly a week 😀

    4. FPL Ultra Instinct
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      What's the current situation with Willian Vs Pedro?

      Is Willian favoured and nailed or could Pedro get a run out the next two?

      1. Daniel Son
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Pedro is finished

      2. tucaoneo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Not even close. Willian is close to essential.

    5. tielleman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Moura > Fleck good option?

      Would make it possible to bring on both Mane and Salah for gw 24

    6. Baganuva Hatty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Spurs are really poor so I think mane away is a better shout than vardy or KDB.
      That said, if you are protecting your rank go vardy. I am

    7. Good Kompany
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Do we think Mahrez will start this weekend?

      1. Daniel Son
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        If I owned Alli, I'd take the risk

        1. Daniel Son
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          And sell for Mahrez

        2. Good Kompany
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Spot on... this is exactly why i’m asking

          1. Good Kompany
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            would be going again for Salah before GW24

    8. CHARLIE HULL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      How nailed is Aguero?

      1. Nimby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Not nailed enough for his price.

    9. Arse Craic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Pep on Leroy Sane...
      "He is doing incredibly well. His knee looks really good so I don't think it is going to take too much time.
      I think in the next few weeks he can come back."

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Oooh

    10. YoungPretender
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      2FTs and no pressing issues. Can either do;

      A) Dendonker > Cantwell
      Or
      B) Ramsdale > keeper up to 5.1m

      Which is best?

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B. Get Ryan!

        1. Arse Craic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Ryan is shite

          1. Oscar Slater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I thought "shite" was banned these days? 😀

            1. Arse Craic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Shite and feck are good 🙂

    11. Henning
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      On Wildcard.
      Have 1 m in the bank to upgrade Sterling to Salah for gw24

      Anything you should change?

      Ryan Button

      TAA Lundstram Soyuncu Sidibe Webster

      Mane KDB Sterling Perez Traore

      Vardy Jimenez Calvert-Lewin

    12. dopellganger
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Ryan Button
      Taa Soyuncu Sidibe Lund Rico
      KDB Mane Richarlison Maddison* Cantwell
      Rashford Ings Jimenez

      Wildcard still active
      Should i do Maddison and Jimenez to Vardy and Traore or leave it be?

      Thanks!

    13. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Pick ANY 1 - A) Adam Traore,B) Grealish

      1. sirmorbach
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Same doubt, currently on Traoré myself

        1. Jindaljain
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Grealish sub is haunting me

    14. yanky
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      best option to replace Alli for next two gameweeks only?

      a) Martial - NOR, liv
      b) Traore - NEW, sou
      c) Maddison - SOU, bur
      d) Mahrez - avl, CRY
      e) Willian/Pulisic/Mount - BUR, new

      1. sirmorbach
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Maddison, keep an eye on injury though. If he's set to miss SOU, then Mahrez imo.

    15. sirmorbach
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      First sub to replace Maddie just in case: Grealish (MCI) or Lundstram (WHU)?

      1. Arse Craic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Lundstram

        1. sirmorbach
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Cheers!

      2. Jindaljain
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Why to sub Lord Lundstram

      3. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Lundy will score

    16. SomeoneKnows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Repost: Which is a better team for GW23 onwards?

      Guaita (4.0)
      TAA, Soyuncu, Lundstram (Rico, XXX)
      Mane, KDB, XXX, Maddison (Cantwell)
      Vardy, XXX, XXX

      A) Kelly, Alli, Rashford, Jimenez
      B) Kelly, Salah, Ings, DCL
      C) Robertson, Grealish, Rashford, Ings

      1. KUNingas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A

      2. Lucky Z
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        b

    17. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Just rewatched the Maddison incident. I would be very surprised if he was to be ruled out because of that. Got an albue to his head, but it didnt look that harsh. He got up and walked off himself.

    18. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Any reason to hold off from Alli to Salah tonight?
      Have 4.1itb so it's do it now, do it tomorrow or get a non-Kdb city mid for 2 weeks

      1. Ser Davos
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Get Salah now, don't get all these plans for other options pre-DGW

    19. The Mighty I
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Aurier > Kolasinac for free?

      Or could go the way of Soyuncu (already own Kasper)

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Go with Kola, soyboy is too boring

      2. Daniel Son
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Well one cant tackle, has zero positional sense and awareness, and prone to errors, and the other is exactly the same

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Lol

        2. The Mighty I
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Quality lol

    20. Sloane426
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Any news on Maddison?

        1. Arse Craic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Nothing new. Should get info tomorrow

      • fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        For anyone with this misconception that KDB plays deep, I encourage you to go on WhoScored.com and view his heat maps for the last few games. They’re all similar, even those where he has hauled versus his blanks...

      • gelisiguzel
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I cant decide which move would be the best for next two weeks? Could you please share your thoughts? Thanks in advance!
        Kane & Alli is gone
        A)Salah & DDCL/Ings
        B) Sterling & Abraham
        C) Aguero & Richarlison

        Current squad is
        Ryan
        Taa, Lunds, Aurier
        Mane, KDB, Madd, Alli
        Vardy, Jimmy, Kane
        Subs: Traore, Kelly, Simpson

      • Ser Davos
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I'm pondering the sacrifice of KDB or Vardy to turn Alli into Salah...

        eek

        1. Cahill
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Im losing KDB in 24 for Mane 😐

          hopefully he behaves for a GW or two

          1. Ser Davos
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            interesting