Jurgen Klopp has insisted Takumi Minamino was not a flop at Liverpool after the attacker completed a permanent transfer to Monaco.

Minamino’s move to the principality was announced on Tuesday, with the Japan international joining the Ligue 1 side for around €15m (€12.9m) plus a further €3m (€2.6m) in add-ons.

The 27-year-old leaves Liverpool having been a bit-part player since arriving from Red Bull Salzburg two-and-a-half years ago. He was afforded just 894 minutes of action in the 2021/22 campaign, although he still chipped in with ten goals and one assist in all competitions for the Reds.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website upon Minamino’s departure, Liverpool boss Klopp was adamant the forward’s time at the club had been a success.

“It’s hard to see Taki go, but it’s a great move for him and one he thoroughly deserves,” the German said.

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