Jurgen Klopp has admitted he wishes he could have turned to Takumi Minamino during Liverpool's turgid FIFA Club World Cup semi-final victory over Monterrey.

RB Salzburg star Minamino is set to join the Reds in January after agreeing a £7.25million fee - after Merseyside 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.

But as the Reds struggled to a 2-1 victory over Mexican side Monterrey in Doha, Klopp let slip that he dreamed about turning to the Japan international.

Takumi Minamino will move to Liverpool in January

When asked about Minamino's medical he turned to his press officer before adding: "I can't speak about it! But if he could come, he'd have been really good here today, I could have brought him on. But we have to wait for that one. Sorry."

Substitute Roberto Firmino saved the Reds from extra time with a stoppage time winner - after Naby Keita and Rogelio Funes Mori swapped first half goals.

Klopp said after the match: "I was afraid of extra time, to be honest!

Jurgen Klopp wished he could have played Takumi Minamino

"I was more than happy when Bobby scored that goal. We had to do a few changes as we had no other options.

"We left players out so we could have the opportunity if the game wasn't decided. That Bobby scored was just wonderful.

"I'm really happy with the performance as I knew before the game it would be really tough.

"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.

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"Why should we think European football stands over all? But you can't judge a team from one game. Monterrey had good players. We had a really new line-up and were dominant in a lot of moments.

"We were not here to show Europe was stronger. We were just here to win the game."