Conventional wisdom dictates that the January transfer market is a seller's one.

Prices are hiked and quality is thin on the ground, so goes the thoery. Only teams in dire straits need bother at the turn of the year.

The winter window is a mad-cap trolley dash for under-performing teams whose seasons have careered way off their summer track, is the argument that is often made. by its detractors.

Just try running that school of thought by Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool manager has tested the January waters before, making a huge splash two years ago when Virgil van Dijk became the most expensive Reds player of all time at £75million.

Some eyebrows were raised when Liverpool made the Dutch defender the costliest centre-back in football history. Earlier this month, Van Dijk finished second only to Lionel Messi at the Ballon d'Or ceremony.

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Few would suggest Liverpool overpaid for the imperious Dutch captain as we edge ever closer to 2020, particularly given Manchester United shelled out £5m more to land Harry Maguire from Leicester in August.

But if Reds fans thought they had a steal on their hands with Van Dijk, then their latest January addition is grand larceny.

Takumi Minamino will, all being well, become a Liverpool player on January 1 after he underwent a medical on Wednesday.

Liverpool will pay a paltry £7.25million for the Japan international after a little-known release clause was unearthed by the club's sporting director Michael Edwards.

Takumi Minamino
Takumi Minamino

Edwards' good relationship with his Red Bull Salzburg counter-part Christoph Freund was enough for him to dig out that release clause information and steal a march on a host of clubs that included Manchester United.

Anfield sources have insisted that Edwards privately values Minamino at around three times that £7.25m fee, but the reality is, the 24-year-old is likely to be worth even more than that in the current spendthrift era of the Premier League.

Liverpool's title charges have hit the skids before in the New Year due to a lack of recruitment. The years of 2008, 2014 and 2017 all saw inactivity come back to haunt the Reds when the medals were handed out in May.

In 2008, the Reds offloaded £20m summer signing Robbie Keane back to Tottenham six months into his Anfield contract and failed to bring in a replacement. It left Rafa Benitez's title-challengers without sufficient support to Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres as Liverpool finished as runners-up.

In 2014, a certain Mohamed Salah chose Chelsea over Brendan Rodgers' Anfield project. A late dart to Ukraine from managing director Ian Ayre failed to yield results as Yevhen Konoplyanka stayed at Dnipro.

Once more, attacking options remained sparse. Liverpool were left without a Plan B as Manchester City pipped them to the post.

Yevhen Konoplyanka in action against Germany
Yevhen Konoplyanka in action against Germany

In 2017, Sadio Mane's departure to the Africa Cup of Nations coincided with a poor month of form for Klopp's Reds as they won just one of 10 games. The solitary victory in that sequence was against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.

No additional creative wideman left Liverpool hamstrung. Mane's absence, much as it would now, hit the Reds hard.

Klopp, it seems, is in no mood to repeat the mistake with Minamino providing a timely injection of quality to a forward line that is already significantly stocked.

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The versatile Red Bull Salzburg star can operate in a variety of positions and will add some strength and depth to Klopp's options in the final third. as they continue their huge push for a first league title in 30 years.

And at just £7.25m, few can argue the Reds aren't making the right move this winter.

Who says you can't get value for money in the January window? Jurgen Klopp certainly doesn't.