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Liverpool forward completes €18m Monaco switch

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The Reds saw another one of their forwards leave Anfield after Sadio Mane’s departure.

Takumi Minamino has joined Monaco from Liverpool ahead of the next season.

The Japan international ends his two-and-a-half-year spell at Anfield to continue his career in Ligue 1. The transfer comes amid Jurgen Klopp’s squad overhaul, which saw Divock Origi and Sadio Mane leave Liverpool earlier this summer.

Speaking to Monaco’s official website, Minamino said: “I am very happy to be part of this very exciting project. At a club with a great tradition and among the most recognised in Ligue 1.

“I’m looking forward to discovering my new environment and doing everything I can to help the team.”

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‘A manager’s dream’

After the successful signing of Luis Diaz last winter, Liverpool went on to add Darwin Nunez to their attacking ranks earlier this summer.

Reacting to Minamino’s departure, Klopp told Liverpool’s website: “It’s hard to see Taki go.

“But it’s a great move for him and one he thoroughly deserves.

“An amazing professional; super, talented player. As a person, he is full of warmth and makes everyone feel positive. A manager’s dream, to be honest.

“I’m sure there will be those who think it didn’t quite work out. Those who think this are wrong. I don’t accept that.

“His contribution far outweighs the opportunities we were able to give, in terms of starting matches. He made us better each and every day he was with us – not just in the games he played in but every single session in training. Perfect attitude, winner’s mentality.

“His performances and his goals are the reason we have had to redecorate the Champions Wall so often. His achievements here will stand the test of time.

“I know he will be a big success at Monaco. I’m sure we will look on with a mix of celebration and envy as he progresses and flourishes there. He leaves with our appreciation and best wishes. Thank you, Taki.”