Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is unlikely to make any more January signings after the arrival of Takumi Minamino.

Japan international Minamino officially became a Liverpool player and trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Wednesday following his transfer from Red Bull Salzburg.

The Reds snapped up the highly-rated 24-year-old for just £7.25million after triggering his release clause from the Austrian side, but he will have to wait to make his debut.

The Premier League leaders, 13 points clear at the top of the table, play Sheffield United on Thursday evening in their first game of 2020 – LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT – but rules surrounding player registration means Minamino will be ineligible.

Instead, Klopp has suggested the new signing could make his first Liverpool appearance in Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton in the FA Cup third round.

The cut-price transfer has been hailed as a great coup to all who have admired the talented forward, but it appears any fans hoping for more new faces at Anfield this month will be left disappointed.

Speaking ahead of the clash against the Blades, Klopp addressed any transfer rumours flitting around at the start of the window.

“Every year we have the same situation,” he said.

“It is always tricky – we will probably not be too busy.

“We will see what happens, but it is not likely.”

Klopp concedes more January arrivals at Anfield are ‘not likely’

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Klopp concedes more January arrivals at Anfield are ‘not likely’

While it seems there may not be any more incomings, it is claimed there could be a number of outgoings at Anfield in either this window or the next, with Adam Lallana linked with a possible exit.

The 31-year-old’s contract is set to expire in the summer, and so he can begin to speak to potential new clubs this month about a possible free transfer.

Reports claim the Reds are resigned to him leaving, due to his lack or regular action, but it has also been suggested Klopp wants to offer the midfielder a one-year extension to keep him at the club.

But the manager was keeping his cards close to his chest when asked about Lallana on Wednesday.

“He is a very important player in this moment,” Klopp said of the midfielder, who was outstanding in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Wolves on Sunday.

“What will happen in the future, we will see.

Adam Lallana came to the rescue for Liverpool earlier this season to seal a 1-1 draw with Man United – the only time the Reds have dropped points this season

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Adam Lallana came to the rescue for Liverpool earlier this season to seal a 1-1 draw with Man United – the only time the Reds have dropped points this season

“But for him, wherever it is – here or somewhere else – the only important thing is that he can show he is 100% fit.

“He had some injury problems – completely done; trained, body is super fit, mind in a perfect place, enjoys the time here in the moment. You can see that in each second of training and when he plays, very influential.

“But these kind of things we don’t discuss in public, so you have to speculate further.”


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