Japanese international Takumi Minamino has completed his move to Liverpool for a reported fee of £7.25 million ($9.5 million).

He joins the Champions League holders from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg.

The 24-year-old forward is believed to have signed a four-and-a-half-year contract.

“Liverpool Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Red Bull Salzburg for the transfer of Takumi Minamino,” the club said in a statement on their website.

Minamino had impressed greatly in Salzburg’s two Champions League group matches against Liverpool this season.

He scored in the 4-3 defeat at Anfield in October.

“It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player,” he told Liverpool.com.

Minamino ready for life at Anfield

“And I’m so excited that the moment has come true.

“To play in the Premier League was one of my targets.

“I think this is the top-class league in the world; I was thinking if my career as a footballer progressed smoothly, someday I would be able to play in the Premier League.

“But I never thought I would be able to play in this team and I’m really happy about it.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given praise to Minamino.

“He is very quick and a very brave player,” said Klopp.

“He is brave with the ball but also brave without the ball.”

Minamino will be the first Japanese footballer to play for Liverpool and is officially on their payroll from January 1.

He could be involved in the FA Cup third round tie at home to city rivals Everton on January 5.

Minamino ready for li

His move brings an end to his five-year spell with Salzburg, whom he joined from Cerezo Osaka in January 2015.

In total, Minamino made 199 appearances for Salzburg, scoring 64 goals, while he has earned 22 caps for Japan and scored 11 times since making his debut in October 2015.