Rumor has it that Liverpool may sign another Japanese player following Takumi Minamino.
UK’HITC’ said on the 8th (Korean time), “Daichi Kamada 스포츠토토 seemed certain to go to Dortmund, but the player was not sure and the possibility of it being canceled increased. Kamada wants to go to a new league. Liverpool tells Kamada There is great interest. Kamada could be a replacement for Roberto Firmino, who will leave the club at the end of this season.”
Kamada is the key player in Frankfurt. He came in the 2017-18 season, but failed to compete and went on loan to Sint Traudon. He made sure to adapt to Europe at Sint Traudon and solidified his place after returning for the 2019–20 season. He scored 2 goals and 6 assists in 28 matches in the German Bundesliga and 6 goals and 2 assists in 10 matches in the UEFA Europa League (UEL). Kamada, who started to show his skills, appeared in 32 games in the 2020-21 season and scored 5 goals and 13 assists, and his abilities were in full bloom.
His usability was very high. He could play from the front, and he could move up and down the flanks, driving the ball up and developing an attack. As you can see from his offensive points, his ability to create opportunities was considerable. In the 2021-22 season, although his offensive points were small, he added trophies to his career as he contributed to the UEL title. This season, he scored a career-high 7 goals in 20 league games and showed competitiveness in the UEFA Champions League (UCL).
After the end of this season, the contract with Frankfurt expires, but there was no news of renewal. There were transfer rumors with various teams such as Tottenham Hotspur and Benfica, but the final destination seemed to be Dortmund. Dortmund seemed to have chosen Kamada to increase their offensive and midfield options. Expectations for Kamada were already high because Shinji Kagawa had a good record in Dortmund in the past.
However, word came out that Kamada could move to Liverpool rather than Dortmund. In a situation where Firmino is leaving, it seems that he is planning to increase his options by recruiting Kamada, who is highly versatile in many ways. Kamada is more attractive to Liverpool because he is a free agent (FA) that does not cost a transfer fee. ‘HITC’ said, “Kamada and Firmino are similar types. It is natural to want to replace Firmino with a player with good skills like Kamada.”
It’s not that Liverpool didn’t have Japanese players. Minamino played until last season. But he didn’t perform well. If Kamada goes to Liverpool amidst Minamino’s failures, it will be interesting to see if he’ll make a difference.