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Gary Lineker reacts as Takumi Minamino scores his first Southampton goal

Gary Lineker has reacted on Twitter after Takumi Minamino opened his account for Southampton with a goal on his club debut.

Minamino, who made a deadline-day loan switch from Liverpool, got off to the perfect start to score his first goal under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl inside 30 minutes.

Ryan Bertrand plucked a ball into the path of the Japan international, who nonchalantly rolled the ball past Issac Hadyen with an acute first-touch, before rifling his effort into the roof of the net past a hapless Karl Darlow.

After seeing Minamino make an immediate impact upon his loan move from Liverpool, Lineker felt compelled to open his Twitter account to react – you can see the former England international’s response below.

Despite scoring on his inaugural Saints bout, it wasn’t all smiles for Minamino, as his goal came while his team were 2-0 down.

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Joe Willock and Miguel Almirón were at hand to put Newcastle two goals to the good before Minamino’s pile-driver clawed Southampton back into the contest.

The Japanese international now has two goals in consecutive league starts, with his previous effort taking place during Liverpool’s pre-Christmas humbling at Selhurst Park.

Evidently, Lineker was delighted to see a fellow forward open his account during what has been a difficult period for the former RB Salzburg star.

Having made the switch from Austria to Merseyside in January 2020, Minamino has struggled to hold a place down in Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League-winning side. He was limited to just four league starts in just over 12 months at Anfield.

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It really was a positive sight to see Minamino flourishing in front of goal and to make an immediate impression under his new manager Hasenhuttl.

Let’s hope this is just an opening representation of what is still to come from Minamino’s time at St Mary’s.

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