Takumi Minamino has actually signed up with Southampton in an eleventh-hour loan relocation.

The Japan worldwide struggled to make a genuine effect in his very first 13 months at Liverpool with simply 31 appearances and four goals from all competitions.

Jurgen Klopp overlooked Minamino for his side’s previous three matches including back-to-back wins at Tottenham and West Ham over the past week.

But the South Coast club made a late approach to the Reds ahead of the January transfer window closing on Monday over a half-season’s loan.

A deal sheet was sent to the Premier League before the 11pm due date, permitting the Saints an extra 2 hours to finish all required documentation.

Minamino’s arrival at St Mary’s is expected to fill deep space left by Shane Long, who signed up with Bournemouth as a replacement for an Everton-bound Joshua King.

Ralph Hasenhuttl anticipates the 26-year-old to offer the South Coast club with a fresh attacking motivation as they try to propel their European quote.

He said: “Takumi will assist supply another good assaulting alternative and is notably the ideal profile of gamer for us.

” This will provide us some additional depth in our team at a crucial time and I am looking forward to beginning deal with him on the training pitch.”