Jurgen Klopp has said new boy Takumi Minamino worked tremendously hard at Liverpool’s plan in Thursday’s 2-1 win over Wolves.
The former Red Bull Salzburg man replaced Sadio Mane after just 33 minutes at Molineux, giving the Japan star a run-out in the Premier League that he wasn’t expecting.
And Klopp was delighted with the £7.25m attacker, although he admitted his hour of action may see him miss out against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Sunday.
“He is exactly the player we expected to get. You saw a lot of his ability last night,” said Klopp.
“Minamino is a super boy, a super player really. Last night was a proper fight and he was ready for that in new team, new environment. In training we see it, just the player we wanted and now he is ours.
“A game like this [v Wolves] was tough for anyone to shine especially a new player in this kind of battle. With his mentality, he was fighting like crazy to close gaps. He was a superstar. He can play different positions. I have to see how he reacts.”
Klopp revealed he is awaiting news of a scan on Mane’s hamstring injury.
The Senegal international limped off in the first half of Thursday’s win at Wolves.
Asked if there was any news, the Reds manager said: “No. I think in this moment he is having a scan. He didn’t call me out of the scan.”
James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri will not be available for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Shrewsbury but fellow midfielder Naby Keita could return after a groin injury which has sidelined him since the end of December.
“For Shaq and Milly it’s too early. Naby we will have to see,” added Klopp.
“My information is that he will be part of training today. Then we have to see how he looks.
“The boys who didn’t play yesterday will be training intensely today, a very important session. We will see if he can be part of that completely, if so then he will be an option.”