Liverpool are unlikely to spend big on Kylian Mbappe or Jadon Sancho during the January transfer window, according to The Athletic.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards were delighted by Takumi Minamoto's debut performance in the FA Cup third round win over Everton, and it has inspired them to take a more prudent approach this month.
The 24-year-old winger produced five goals and six assists in 14 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg this term, and Liverpool capitalised on his relatively low £7.25million release clause to secure his signature.
Liverpool are searching for value in the January window, meaning they have little interest in paying inflated fees to lure Mbappe or Sancho from Paris Saint-Germain or Borussia Dortmund; two clubs with financial muscle.
Moreover, Klopp is thought to be content with his prolific front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and would not be able to guarantee Mbappe or Sancho a regular starting spot.
In contrast, Japan international Minamino arrived at Anfield without the expectation of featuring frequently in the first XI, but he has shown desire to work his way into the squad, and this has provided a blueprint for Edwards' recruitment policy.
Klopp has been able to mould developing players such as Salah and Mane in to some of the world's best, and it is believed Edwards will remain faithful to this transfer strategy in 2020.