Takumi Minamino is a victor. Or possibly he wants to win, regularly expressing how he despises losing.
It is a trademark that will work well for the Japan winger as he joins a Liverpool side unbeaten in 34 Premier League games – their longest such run in the top flight.
All Minamino has ever needed to do is play football – his unequivocal love for the excellent game clear since an early age.
As a kid, Minamino was subbed while playing for nearby club Sessel Kumatori, where he played until joining Cerezo Osaka. The adolescent, still at grade school, would ask the director: “For what reason did you take me off? Let me play more since I love football.”
He was unique. No other player at the club, nor some other Japanese player, would set out question an administrator or any expert in such a self-assured and certain way, particularly at such a youthful age.
However, Minamino, who will sign for the Reds from Red Bull Salzburg on 1 January, isn’t only any Japanese player.
Ronaldo and Kenta – Minamino’s motivations
Minamino has talked about how Brazil’s Ronaldo – who top scored at the World Cup Japan co-facilitated in 2002 – propelled him with his completing and spilling strategy.
After fastidiously watching recordings of the striker’s bluffs, he would go outside to rehearse. It is nothing unexpected, at that point, that there are sure echoes of the Brazilian in the 24-year-old’s playing style.
Yet, another impact on the new Liverpool marking can be discovered a lot nearer to home – his sibling Kenta.
Kenta – the more established kin by three years – and Takumi would play football at each chance. Their dad would frequently go about as mentor, putting cones down in a vehicle leave for them to spill all through at speed.
Kenta joined the Cerezo institute before his more youthful sibling, who was spurred to imitate him – or even outperform him by turning into an expert.
Minamino – framed from cherry blooms and diesel