Takumi Minamino has gone from strength to strength in the Premier League following on from his deadline-day move from Liverpool to Southampton.
The Japanese international was amongst the goals again for Ralph Hasenhuttl as the Saints put an end to their miserable six-match losing run, having drew 1-1 with Chelsea at the weekend.
Minamino struck his second goal in only his third Southampton appearance, with a stunning improvisation of skill to beat both César Azpilicueta and Edouard Mendy.
The 26-year-old celebrated his latest landmark by taking to social media for the first time since completing his move to St Mary’s on February 1.
Minamino’s former teammate and reported Liverpool target Patson Daka exchanged some kind words together on Instagram.
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The Sunday Mirror has previously claimed that the reigning Premier League champions have expressed an interest in the £25 million-rated RB Salzburg forward.
Daka and Minamino struck up quite a formidable partnership together during their two years together in Austria. After Minamino’s latest Southampton heroics, Daka sent his former teammate a two-word appraisal on social media.
With 23 goals to his name this season, it’s easy to see why Liverpool maintain an interest in the free-scoring Zambian international.
Meanwhile, in the case of Minamino, Klopp will have a big decision to make this summer.
It’s fair to say Minamino’s opportunities at Anfield have been few and far between. He started just two PL matches, after all, under the Reds boss this term.
However, with Minamino continuing to fire on all cylinders, there will be questions as to why Liverpool allowed the £7.25 million signing from Salzburg to leave.
Indeed, game-time was a factor, but with Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri below par and Diogo Jota still injured – Minamino could have been an ideal attacking alternative to turn to in a number of Liverpool’s recent defeats.
So, until the attacking balance is restored at Anfield, the decision to allow Minamino to depart will remain a questionable one.