The Japanese goalkeeper could make his new team debut in a series of matches this weekend.
Coach Juergen Klopp recently revealed the possibility of rookie Takumi Minamino having the first match for Liverpool. The German strategist said Minamino is likely to play in the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton on January 5.
Minamino joined Liverpool on January 1, 2020. According to Premier League rules, the rookies of the clubs in the winter transfer window are only allowed to play in the 22nd round. That is, Minamino was only included in the Liverpool squad in the match against Tottenham on January 12.
Therefore, Liverpool’s confrontation with Everton in the third round of the FA Cup will be an opportunity for the Japanese striker to play for the new team. Coach Klopp acknowledged Minamino will play, but did not specifically disclose the use of the Asian striker. “He will definitely play the game, I don’t know how many minutes,” Klopp revealed.
Minamino had his first training session with Liverpool on the first day of 2020
Takumi Minamino first met his new teammate at the Melwood training ground. Liverpool players must not forget the star who attacked Asia when they met twice in the Champions League group stage of 2019/20. The 24-year-old also spoke with coach Juergen Klopp at the headquarters.
Minamino joined Liverpool on January 1, 2020, but will not be in Liverpool’s match against Sheffield United on January 2. Because according to the rules of the Premier League, rookie clubs in the winter transfer window can only play from round 22.
So “Reds Merseyside” have to wait until the match against Everton in the FA Cup (5/1) to be able to enter the Japanese striker name on the list of registered players. In the Premier League, Minamino was allowed to be included in the squad against Tottenham on January 12.
Liverpool spent £ 7.25million to bring Minamino from RB Salzburg club. The contract between the two parties is valid for 4 and a half years from January 1, 2020. With the ability to play many positions, the Japanese player is considered a long-term backup plan for the attack “The Kop” which is very strong compared to the rest in the Premier League.