Takumi Minamino has reportedly passed his medical and is set to be unveiled by Liverpool.
RB Salzburg star Minamino is set to join the Reds in January for £7.25million – after Anfield chiefs uncovered a release clause in his contract.
Minamino, 24, was due to undergo a medical at Melwood on Wednesday before officially becoming a Liverpool player on January 1.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was asked about Minamino in the aftermath of his side’s 2-1 Club World Cup semi-final victory over Monterrey in Doha – and his answer suggested that the attacking midfielder would soon be a Red.
“Is it official yet?” Klopp asked the press officer, who replied in the negative.
“So, I cannot speak about it – sorry! You are too early.”
Klopp said it would have been handy to have Minamino at his disposal for Wednesday’s clash against Monterrey, in which Liverpool needed a last-ditch winner from Roberto Firmino to earn a showdown against Flamengo on Saturday.
Klopp said of Minamino: “I would have felt really good today to be honest if we could have brought him on. He’s not yet our player so we have to wait for that.”
Substitute Firmino saved the Reds from extra time with his stoppage time winner against Monterrey after Naby Keita and Rogelio Funes Mori swapped first half goals.
And Klopp said afterwards: “I was afraid of extra time, to be honest!
“I was more than happy when Bobby scored that goal. We had to do a few changes as we had no other options.
“So many strange things happened. It was the most offensive midfield I have ever put out in a competitive game. Henderson centre-back for the first time. We didn’t have much height at centre-back.”