Takumi Minamino has Liverpool fans buzzing by humiliating rivals Chelsea

Liverpool fans were impressed by Takumi Minamino with the forward netting for Southampton against Chelsea.

Jurgen Klopp allowed Minamino to join the Saints on loan for the rest of the season on Deadline Day.

Minamino had struggled at Anfield since arriving in January 2020 but has shone on the south coast already.

He netted the opener against Chelsea, fooling goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and defender Cesar Azpilicueta with a series of dummies before knocking the ball home.

And Liverpool fans were enjoying the performance with the Reds in a battle with Chelsea for a spot in the Premier League top four.

One wrote on social media: “Klopp signing Minamino, barely playing him, then loaning him to Southampton to take points off Chelsea, so Liverpool can make top 4. Genius! He’s done it again.”

Another added: “Minamino trying so hard to bring Chelsea down so he could play #UCL next season with Liverpool.”

While a third simply put: “Liverpool loan Minamino to punish Chelsea.”

Another agreed, writing: “Reason why Minamino went on loan is now clear. Now you have to beat Liverpool when playing Southampton. Klopp masterclass again.”

Klopp had explained his reasoning behind sending Minamino on loan following his last-minute move.

The Reds boss said: “Takumi is an incredibly good player and we didn’t give him enough chances, that’s the truth. That’s for different reasons.

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  • “Sometimes it was just the size; because of our problems in defence we were not tall enough and then Takumi on the pitch you think, ‘OK, how can we do that then?’

    “Southampton came up and there were not a lot of clubs where I thought it really makes sense to let him go, but Southampton makes a lot of sense.

    “He is there for 17 games now and in the situation Southampton is, if Takumi stays fit he has a good chance to play 17 games, which helps everybody.

    “It helps Southampton and helps us, because the only thing Takumi was lacking was a couple of games in a row. And it was a difficult year.”

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