Marko Grujic, Liverpool’s new midfield signing, has been granted a work permit but may not be able to play in Friday’s friendly at Tranmere.
A deal was agreed in January for the 20-year-old Serbia international but the Reds were only able to complete the formalities once the transfer window had officially opened.
Press Association Sport understands manager Jurgen Klopp attended a hearing at a Manchester hotel on Monday at which he gave testimony outlining his thoughts on the value of the player, whom Liverpool paid Red Star Belgrade £5.1million for before loaning him back for the second half of last season.
However, because of certain procedural rules – such as Grujic being required to leave the country and then re-enter – he may not feature.
Grujic expressed his desire at joining for the Redmen in an interview with the Liverpool Echo.
“It was one of the most beautiful days in my life,” he claimed about learning the interest from Liverpool was genuine.
“When my representatives told me that I had a call from someone, I didn’t dream that on the other side of the line would be Jurgen Klopp .
“Now, though, I have signed for one of the biggest clubs in the world and I’m very satisfied.
“I am living a dream that every boy wants to live. I know that Liverpool fans are some of the best fans in the world and one of the most numerous.”