Takumi Minamino has revealed that it is a 'target' of his to win the Premier League and Champions League with Liverpool ahead of his January move from RB Salzburg. 


The Japan international will secure a £7.25m transfer to Anfield and sign a four-and-a-half year contract ​when the window officially opens, meaning he will be eligible to face Everton in the Reds' FA Cup third round tie. 


Capable of playing anywhere across the front line, the 24-year-old has scored nine goals and registered 11 assists in 22 appearances in all competitions for Salzburg so far this season. 

Takumi Minamino

Speaking to liverpoolfc.com (via the ​Liverpool Echo), Minamino claimed: “It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player and I’m so excited that the moment has come true.


“To play in the Premier League was one of my targets. I think this is the top-class league in the world; I was thinking if my career as a footballer progressed smoothly, someday I would be able to play in the Premier League", Minamino added. 


However, having scored seven goals in 61 appearances for J-League side Cerezo Osaka, Minamino was modest about his ability: "I never thought I would be able to play in this team and I’m really happy about it. I’m looking forward to it.


"From those games I learned this team has such a high level of technique and intensity,” he continued. 

Virgil van Dijk,Takumi Minamino

However, since joining Austrian side Salzburg in 2015 Minamino has scored 64 goals in 199 appearances for the Bundesliga leaders, including one in the 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League group stage. 


Keen to improve his understanding of the game, Minamino observed ​Liverpool's football closely: “Their football is of such a high level and I did feel that they were the champions of the Champions League.


“My target is to win the Premier League and the Champions League, and to make good contributions to the team.”, Minamino added.


The Japan international will wear the number 18 shirt and will be eligible to play for the Reds in the knockout stages of the Champions League against ​Atlético Madrid