Minamino set for Liverpool debut
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Japan international Takumi Minamino could make his debut in Monday’s FA Cup derby against Everton.
Minamino was signed from Red Bull Salzburg in a RM39.18 million deal and had his first official training session with the club a couple of days back.
The 24-year-old is not eligible to feature in Liverpool’s Premier League match against Sheffield United tomorrow morning (3rd January) because of registration regulations, but could make his bow in the FA Cup third round this weekend.
“This time we are not allowed (against Sheffield) but from the next moment on we are thinking about putting him in the squad, said Klopp.
“In this period of the season especially, there will not be 15 weeks until we use him. Is he then the finished article in March? I don’t know.
“We signed the player, he was at Salzburg, so he doesn’t have to change in the moment, just be who you are and then we start working on that and I am looking forward to it.
“That’s what the little talk we had, we really signed Takumi Minamino from Salzburg, the guy who played against us like crazy. Just be that and everything will be fine.
“We have some of the best players in the world, but we didn’t bring him in to accept like ‘I am number five, six, seven or eight’.
“We start learning about each other from now on. He will have all the time he needs, but how much time he needs I have no idea.”
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