By Daniel Feliciano

28th Jan, 2022 | 5:10pm

Liverpool not expected to let Takumi Minamino join Leeds even after Luis Diaz deal - report

Liverpool are not expecting to lose Takumi Minamino to Leeds United this month, despite their imminent signing of Luis Diaz from FC Porto according to the Liverpool ECHO.

The Whites had an approach for the Japan international rebuffed by the Reds earlier this week [Sky Sports], with the belief that Jurgen Klopp didn’t want to weaken his attack.

But overnight they moved ahead of Tottenham in the race for Colombian winger Luis Diaz in a big-money deal and there were suggestions that Minamino could be allowed to leave now.

However according to Liverpool ECHO journalist Paul Gorst, the deal is not dependant on any outgoings are they are currently ‘not expecting to lose either Minamino or Origi before the end of the month.’

Minamino joined the club for £7.5m from RB Salzburg in January 2020 but has never been a first-team regular and spent the second half of last season on loan at Southampton.

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The news that Liverpool are planning on keeping hold of the 27-year-old despite their addition of another top winger is a big blow for Leeds.

The Whites would likely have seen it as a great opportunity to return to the table and offer him a path to regular football, but it doesn’t seem like Liverpool are keen for those talks.

A big offer would need to be made to bring him in permanently rather than on loan, which doesn’t really suit Leeds considering they want to sign Brenden Aaronson with most of their budget.

Minamino would provide energy, work-rate, pace and a good eye for goal as well as a versatility to the attack, with the ability to play on either wing or through the middle as a striker.

With the injuries Leeds have had this season that would have been a huge help for Bielsa, but it seems unlikely that it can happen now.

In other Leeds news, Leeds make deadline busting approach for ‘outstanding’ Premier League attacker – Sky Sports