By Frank McAvennie

23rd Jun, 2022 | 4:00pm

Liverpool news: Pundit issues 'double your money' claim after Takumi Minamino news

Frank McAvennie has claimed selling Takumi Minamino would be good business for Liverpool.

The ex-West Ham striker exclusively told Football Insider that it is right for the 27-year-old to move on in search of regular first-team football.

The Mirror reported (22 June) that the Reds have agreed a £15.5million deal with AS Monaco for Minamino.

The forward joined the Reds in 2020 but has struggled to cement his place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.

He spent the second half of the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Southampton.

When asked if the time had come for Minamino to leave permanently, McAvennie told Football Insider: “Of course.

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“No matter how good the manager is and no matter how good the player is, sometimes it just doesn’t work. For whatever reason it didn’t work for him.

“But he’s doubled his money, he’s brought everything back to the club. When he went on loan they [Liverpool] wouldn’t have been paying his wages so they’ve probably made about one or two million on him so it is a good bit of business.

“Minamino could have just taken the wages and not got game time, which is what a lot of players do. He’s wanting to play so fair play to him.

“He went on loan because he wants to play football. I think that’s the right way to do it. There’s too many players sitting on their backsides in the stands not wanting to do it, only staying because they’re getting big money.

“I couldn’t do that. I’d want to play. If I had to take a drop in wages I’d go and do it.

“But fair play to the boy, he wants to go and play and I’m delighted with that.”

In other news, Liverpool have set their sights on a surprise Timo Werner move.