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Liverpool great talks about 26-year-old Japan international

Liverpool icon Mark Lawrenson has raised his doubt over whether forward Takumi Minamino can succeed at Anfield in the long term, but is sure if the Merseyside side do sell him then he’ll bring in serious money.

Manager Jurgen Klopp opted to retain the services of Minamino over the summer and the Japanese star has been regularly included in the Reds’ matchday squads this term.

The former Red Bull Salzburg ace faces a tough task to secure game time, but Mark commended the star for his work ethic and is sure Takumi has the makings of a high-class player.

However, Mark is not certain whether Takumi will be able to establish himself at the English outfit and feels a big-money departure may be on the cards.

“I’ve never known anyone run so much, he runs everywhere. Sometimes you think with him, just slow down a minute, chew the grass and see what’s happening around”, he said on LFC TV’s Preview Show.

“He’s got the makings of a top player. Whether he does it here, I am not sure. If the worst comes to the worst and they decide that he’s not going to make it then we’re going to make a lot of money on him.”

The 25-year-old has thus far made ten appearances for his team this season, scoring once, in the Premier League versus Arsenal, and three times in the EFL Cup, against Preston North End and Norwich City, respectively.