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Minamo future with Liverpool connected to Tokyo Olympics

Takumi Minamo's future with Liverpool could depend on his Olympics commitment.

The 26-year-old is currently out on loan at Premier League rivals Southampton.

The Athletic says Japan want Minamino to play in this summer's Olmpics on home turf.

But playing in Toyko could impact on the player's time with the Reds in pre-season and hamper his hopes of Liverpool game time next term.

Jurgen Klopp wanted to take another at the player during pre-season action. However, if he's away on international duty then the Reds boss cannot form a first-hand opinion.

It would appear, at this stage, that an extended stay on Merseyside all hinges on the Olympics decision.

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