By Carl Markham, Press Association
Published: 15:50 GMT, 1 January 2020 | Updated: 16:19 GMT, 1 January 2020
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 stressed the Japan international needs time to adapt.
The £7.25million arrival from Red Bull 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 contention for Sunday.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Takumi Minamino could make his debut against Everton
Klopp has backed Minamino to adapt to life at Anfield quickly in 'welcoming' dressing room
Klopp says he expects the £7.25m signing to immediately challenge for a starting place
'This time we are not allowed 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.
'That's what the little talk we had... we really signed Takumi Minamino from Salzburg, the guy who played against us like crazy. Just be that and everything will be fine.
'We have some of the best players in the world, but we didn't bring him in