LONDON: Liverpool midfielder Takumi Minamino joined English Premier League rivals Southampton on loan until the end of the season.
The 26-year-old from Japan, who can play in the wing or striker, was signed by Liverpool from Austrian club RB Salzburg a year ago.
“He will give a choice on the offensive side, and most importantly he will match the features we are looking for.
“This will add options for our squad at this critical time, and I look forward to working with him,” said Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Minamino, who scored 12 goals in 26 appearances for his country, is the second Japanese player to arrive in Southampton after defender Maya Yoshida, who moved to Sampdoria this season.