By Beck Pascal

6th Jun, 2022 | 9:45am

Leeds United face major battle for Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino

Leeds United have a major fight on their hands if they are to sign Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino in the summer. 

According to Anfield Watch, the Whites are interested in the Japan international as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the 2022/23 campaign after securing their Premier League status. 

The 27-year-old only started once in the league for the Reds during the 2021/22 campaign and will be desperate to play more given his riches in quality. 

However, Jesse Marsch and co are set for a major fight should they attempt to bring him to Elland Road in the summer transfer window. 

Jurgen Klopp looked to be able to afford the departure of Minamino given the strength of his attack but with Sadio Mane now set to leave Anfield [Daily Mail] in conjunction with fellow fringe ace Divock Origi’s departure [Sky Sports] – things might not be so simple.

Fight. 

Leeds simply have to go for this signing. It is very unlikely that Minamino will be a direct replacement for Mane after he barely featured last season. 

The Reds will undoubtedly look to bring in another attacker which will leave the former Southampton ace yet again stranded by the waistline.

The latest reports from Merseyside are a huge blow because the former RB Salzburg ace looked to be a player the Whites could have stolen from right under the Reds’ noses.

Him wasting away on the bench is criminal with the quality the winger possesses. Despite playing a big role in Liverpool’s domestic cup double, he should certainly be looking to play regular football and Elland Road is by far the best place. 

He knows Marsch better than anyone and will slip back into his system seamlessly.

The Reds forward could transform this team and be a real focal point going forward under the right guidance which Marsch has already proven he can provide. 

In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton has teared Leeds to shreds, sharing a major transfer view after a recent “disaster”.