Premier League rules will prevent Takumi Minamino from featuring for Liverpool in their clash against Sheffield United on Thursday, according to a report.
The Reds were hoping that the Japan international could make his debut against the Blades, with Jurgen Klopp confirming before the game Minamino would be available.
The 24-year-old officially becomes a Liverpool player on 1 January and Klopp issued an update on his latest signing.
“For the next game we’ll maybe have two more players,’ Klopp said ahead of the visit of Chris Wilder’s men to Anfield.
“Maybe Nat Phillips will be here and Takumi [Minamino]. We have to see how he is after the winter break, he trained obviously, but not with the team.”
But the Daily Star claims that Premier League rules prevent Minamino from featuring against the Blades.
“New players signed on 1-2 January will not be eligible for Matchweek 21,” Premier League rules state. “But they can be made available for the following Matchweeks as clubs are permitted to make changes to their squad lists throughout the January window.”
That means that Minamino will be free to make his debut against Everton when Liverpool welcome their local rivals to Anfield in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday January 5.