Tuesday 21 January 2020

Takumi Minamino set for Liverpool debut in FA Cup Merseyside Derby - but Klopp says he needs time

Takumi Minamino. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
Takumi Minamino. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to throw new signing Takumi Minamino into the fray in Sunday's FA Cup Merseyside derby at home to Everton but has pleaded for the Japan international to be given time.

The £7.25million arrival from Salzburg had his first training session with his new team-mates on Tuesday and is not eligible for Thursday's Premier League match at home to Sheffield United because of registration regulations.

However, it seems likely he will be in the squad for Sunday.

"This time we are not allowed (to play him) 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."

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