By Paul Robinson

7th Feb, 2021 | 10:45am

Paul Robinson 'shocked' after 'excellent' player leaves Liverpool

Paul Robinson is shocked to see Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino join Southampton on loan.

The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested that the 26-year-old “pushed for the move” because of his lack of regular game time at Anfield.

Minamino joined Southampton on loan for the remainder of the season on deadline day, having signed for Liverpool on a four-and-a-half year contract just over 12 months ago.

He made his debut for the Saints on Saturday and scored a wonderful solo effort in a 3-2 defeat at Newcastle United.

The Japan international had started just two Premier League game this season prior to the move.

Robinson believes Southampton have made a very shrewd acquisition.

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“I was shocked to see Minamino leave,” he told Football Insider.

“He has been on the bench a lot for Liverpool and while he has not played a lot, he is a threat and a strong attacking option.

“It was a really surprising one. He may have pushed for the move because of his lack of game time.

“It is a really good deal for Southampton. The have signed an excellent player who will give them another attacking option from midfield. He will add lot of creativity.”

Speaking on Minamino’s exit, Jurgen Klopp said: “Takumi is an incredible player but we didn’t give him enough chances. That’s the truth.

“That was difficult here, I’d have loved to keep him just to have the options but in the end, because Takumi is a long term project and always was – we see a lot of potential in him.”

In other news, Liverpool have set their sights on a Leeds United player who has “blown away” their scouts.