Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on Takumi Minamino after the star made his Premier League debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday.
The Japan international started on the bench but was sent on in the first-half to replace the injured Sadio Mane.
The £7.25 million signing from RB Salzburg (BBC Sport) was unable to register a first goal, but showed glimpses of the quality technical abilities the Reds saw first-hand in the Champions League.
Some may have hoped for a bit more involvement, but Minamino obviously needs to find his feet in a team that boasts quite a few superstars now.
One man who was thoroughly pleased with his performance though was Jurgen Klopp, who remarked (official website): “He was fighting like crazy and closed gaps, was involved in a lot of situations. That was just a super start, to be honest.
“He’s exactly the player we expected to get – super, super boy, super player.
“You saw so many things of his ability last night. This game last night was a proper fight and he was completely ready for that.”
With Mane having hobbled off at Molineux, Minamino will be hoping to be the first point of call against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend, should the winger be unavailable.
TBR’s view – Minamino has to gauge English football
It might be some time before Minamino is knocking on Klopp’s door to become a regular starter in the time.
The manager has spoken glowingly about him, but realistically he is a squad player at this moment in time.
Perhaps when Liverpool wrap up the league title, Klopp can afford him a lot more minutes in a bid to prepare him for the 2020/21 season.
He can then get a true feel of English football and perhaps stake his claim to be a free-roaming midfielder.