But when Liverpool host Everton in the tie of the FA Cup third round on Sunday, Japan worldwide Minamino is in line to make his first appearance for the recently crowned world champions.
With numerous pundits claiming that Liverpool's capabilities may well see them retain their Champions League trophy in the process, the central involvement of Henderson in Jurgen Klopp's side demonstrates a resilience that was not found wanting when Brendan Rodgers attempted to move the English midfielder on during his tenure in charge. "We have to be focused there, we don't want to waste time talking about the transfer market because in this moment I want to put all my energy into explaining to the players which kind of game we want to play".
"Will he be the finished article in March though?"
"We will not start filling him now with information immediately, "You have to do this and that", we want him to be as natural as possible". Of course Liverpool is the favourite, but in a derby you never know what is going on.
Klopp, who indicated Liverpool are unlikely to make further signings in the January window, called for patience with Minamino.
"It would be a risk, they are the best team in this moment, they are world champions. It would be nice if everyone gives him a bit of time though".
"He can play different positions". That is normal, we don't have a lot of time because we have a lot of games but I have an idea and every day I can get to know my players better.
"I wanted to say we have many options for him".
"They need still some time".
"Everything about Adam Lallana, Adam Lallana knows and I know".
With Minamino not eligible to make his debut until the FA Cup meeting with Everton on Sunday, Klopp says he is down to 13 senior outfield players for the match against the Blades.
"He is a very important player in this moment".
"But for him, wherever it is - here or somewhere else - the only important thing is that he can show he is 100% fit".