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How Liverpool could line-up if they will sign Takumi Minamino

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Liverpool are set to sign RB Leipzig star Takumi Minamino during the January transfer window, with his release clause just £7.25million.

The Japan international has impressed the Red’s boss Jurgen Klopp with his outstanding display against Liverpool in the Champions League.

Should the player join Liverpool, he could be allowed to play Champions League football.

Previously, any player who had already played for another club still in the competition was unable to feature for their new side. However, due to rule changes, Minamino will be allowed to play for the Reds.

Minamino has scored nine goals and created 11 assists, during his 22 appearances for RB Salzburg and he could a great addition to Klopp’s side.

Nevertheless, how Liverpool could line-up with the 24-year-old in their squad.

According to website Smarterscout, Minamino played in six different positions for RB Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. He has played 356 minutes as Right-midfielder (RM)/ Right Wing-Back, 72 minutes as a Central Attacking Midfielder, 148 minutes as a central midfielder, 134 minutes as Left Midfielder/ Left Wing Back, 82 minutes as a Left Winger and 61 minutes as a Central Forward/ Striker.

In the Champions League, he played in three different positions. 72 minutes he played as a Right Midfielder/Right Wing-Back, 347 minutes as a Central Attacking Midfielder and 47 minutes as Central midfielder.

Minamino could compete for his place in the starting line-up with Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Liverpool could sell Shaqiri, in order to give Minamino more playing time, or the Switzerland international could find his place on the bench.

Klopp could use Minamino in two different positions.

In the 4-2-3-1 formation, Klopp can use Minamino as Right-Winger and in that case, Shaqiri will lose his place in the starting XI.  It could be an ideal decision for the Japanese international as he spent the best of his time as a right-back for RB Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga.

But the versatile midfielder could also play as a No 10 for Liverpool side. Minamino would be happy to play as an attacking midfielder too, as he spent 347 minutes playing as a playmaker for RB Salzburg in the Champions League. This formation would allow Liverpool to maintain their front free of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

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