It emerged last week that Liverpool had “agreed a deal in principle” to sign Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg. The Japanese front man impressed against the Reds in the Champions League group stage. With a medical reportedly underway and an announcement imminent, the derby in January has been earmarked as a potential debut. Takumi Minamino could emulate Virgil van Dijk by scoring against Everton in the FA Cup on his debut.
According to Paul Joyce the Japanese forward will undergo a medical on Wednesday. Barring any issues with his MOT, the lad will join the Reds on January 1st and could make his debut on the 5th of January in the Merseyside Derby in the Cup.
Liverpool fans will never forget Virgil van Dijk’s debut. We signed the Dutchman for £75m back in January 2018, he made his debut against Everton in the FA Cup on the 5th of January 2018. The towering centre back scored a late winner for the Reds, immediately endearing himself to the Kop.
Takumi Minamino could copy Virgil van Dijk by scoring on his debut against Everton exactly two years after the Dutchman.
There can be few better ways to put yourself immediately into Kopites’ good books. Winning the Merseyside Derby is imperative, particular given that it is a cup tie.
The Reds may have a task on their hands as the BBC have reported that Carlo Ancelotti could be in charge of the Toffees by January – the Italian boss has beaten Liverpool more times in the last year than Everton have in a decade.