Italian club in advanced talks with £75,000-a-week Liverpool winger

Lazio are showing interest in Liverpool winger Takumi Minamino ahead of the 2022 summer transfer window. Japan international joined Liverpool from RB Salzburg in winter 2020. Minamino has since thrived as a solid backup option that has given the German manager strength in depth in his unit.

Takumi has especially come to the fore this campaign, scoring ten goals from only 24 games for the Reds across all tournaments. The 27-year-old winger might not have featured at Wembley, but he played a huge role in getting the Reds to the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals.

The Japanese forward is the club’s top scorer in both tournaments and repaid Jurgen Klopp’s faith in him numerous times. The Reds have a stacked attack that has a world-class trio of Mane, Salah and Firmino. The recent arrivals of Jota and Luis Diaz have given Jurgen Klopp more options to call upon.

This squad depth in attacks makes life difficult for footballers below the quintet in the pecking order. Origi is ready to depart Liverpool in the coming summer in the pursuit of regular game time and could be followed out the door by the Asian attacker.

The former RB Salzburg winger has attracted attention from Lazio, who continue to impress under Maurizio Sarri. A capable footballer who can play anywhere along the frontline, Takumi will offer Sarri different options. This is especially true up front, where the Italian lacks a dependable alternative for Immobile.