Salzburg coach makes admission on Takumi Minamino’s conduct before Liverpool move

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Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch says Takumi Minamino made sure he "behaved his best" before completing a move to Liverpool.

The Reds first made contact with the Japanese forward back in November 2019, and secured a deal to sign him in the January transfer window.

Minamino made it clear to Salzburg that he wanted to move to Liverpool, but showed his professionalism in knuckling down for the remainder of his time in Austria.

And Marsch has heaped praise on the forward's conduct, saying it is a great honour for a product of the club to go on to join the European champions.

Liverpool first made contact with Takumi Minamino back in November 2019
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"Taki made it clear at the beginning of the talks in November that he would like to leave in winter," Marsch told Goal and SPOX.

"He wanted to make sure that he behaved best in the rest of his time in Salzburg. We helped him think carefully about his next step. It was clear to us: He will leave us.

"In the end, he went to the reigning Champions League winners, a deal that means a lot to the entire club and is a great honour."

Minamino has made just eight appearances in all competitions for Liverpool since signing in January. He recently spoke out about his struggles to come to terms with playing in the Premier League.

"In the last three months there have been areas which I'm quite happy about," Minamino recently told Liverpool's website.

Jesse Marsch (left) praised Minamino's conduct before he left Salzburg for Liverpool
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"But personally I would love to contribute more to goals and assists – I'm feeling very hungry about that.

"I don't really know how much I still need to learn. But day by day, I'm feeling that I understand his [Klopp's] philosophies and I'm getting better.

"I have to show results. I think this is very important in order to win trust from the teammates and trust from the supporters. I think this is a very important thing that I have to achieve."

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