By Paul Robinson

22nd May, 2022 | 2:10pm

Takumi Minamino could leave Liverpool this summer after journalist's Leeds update - pundit

Liverpool would like to keep Takumi Minamino this summer but the decision will ultimately rest with the player.

That is the view of former Spurs and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 27-year-old’s future on Merseyside.

Minamino has been a bit-part player for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.

However, the Japan international has scored a number of vital goals, including an impressive strike against his former club Southampton on Tuesday.

Writing in the Anfield Watch (19 May), journalist David Lynch claimed Minamino is attracting interest from Inter Milan and Leeds United, who failed in a January move for the forward.

Minamino’s contract at Anfield runs until the end of June 2024.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on Minamino’s future, Robinson said: “It really depends on Minamino’s ambition.

“If he is happy playing a bit-part role then he will stay. Klopp won’t want him to leave.

‘That squad is challenging on every front possible. There is not better place to be if you want to be part of the squad.

“If he wants to play football week in, week out then you suspect he will leave.

“Klopp is starting to rejuvenate that squad but I still think there is a squad role for Minamino next season.

“Listen, if he is happy to sit on the bench every week and play now and then it is a manager’s dream. His future will be determined by personal ambition.”

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