Liverpool announced the signing of Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg earlier this month.
The 24-year-old Japan international will make the move to Anfield official when the transfer window opens on Wednesday.
On the following day Liverpool host Sheffield United at Anfield in the Premier League. But Minamino won’t be involved, here’s why.
Premier League rules forbid new players signed on the first two days of the window from playing. The English top flight rule book specifically states this, it reads. “New players signed on 1-2 January will not be eligible for Matchweek 21, but they can be made available for the following Matchweeks as clubs are permitted to make changes to their squad lists throughout the January window.”
So Liverpool fans will have to wait a little longer to see Minamino in action. He is now likely to make his debut in the FA Cup against Everton. That game will take place at Anfield on January 5th. So luckily it won’t be much longer, provided the Japan international quickly gets up to speed.
Jurgen Klopp is infamous for leaving new signings out for weeks or even months. The 52-year-old Liverpool boss likes to build up a level of trust before throwing players in. With good reason, many new players have struggled in this Reds team early on before flourishing into top players. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Joel Matip and Naby Keita are just a few that come to mind.
All this to say, don’t be surprised if we don’t see Minamino make his debut in the FA Cup. Don’t be surpised if he doesn’t even make it in January. Just know Klopp will be moulding him to play the Liverpool way behind the scenes. And when he’s ready Minamino will provide another attacking option to this already prolific Liverpool side.