Fans bemused by Liverpool’s decision to loan out Takumi Minamino following stunning goal vs Chelsea: ‘Better than Firmino’

Southampton vs Chelsea

Saturday’s Premier League action kicked off down south, as Southampton played host to Chelsea.

The Blues headed into the tie looking to continue their fine start to life under Thomas Tuchel.

Chelsea are undefeated in six outings under the German, winning five and drawing one in all competitions.

Such fine form also saw them move into the Champions League spots earlier this week, though they are still only above 6th by two points.

As a result, a win over the Saints was almost necessary to ensure they maintained a top-four spot this weekend.

And, on paper, a Chelsea win was widely expected. Southampton had a fine start to the campaign and even looked as though they could compete for a European spot.

However, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have since lost five league games on the bounce and slipped down to 13th place.

Minamino impressing

Despite Chelsea looking clear favourites for the game, though, it would be the home side who took the lead.

Chelsea would completely dominate the opening half-hour of the clash. But as has become something of a theme under Tuchel, they struggled to create any clear-cut chances, with their final ball often lacking.

And the Blues were eventually punished for this when Takumi Minamino ran through the center of Chelsea’s backline before sitting down Edouard Mendy and Cesar Azpilicueta to fire Southampton into the lead:

Said strike was Minamino’s second in just three league starts for Southampton since joining from Liverpool on loan.

And it has also promoted footballing fans to questions the Reds’ decision to loan out the Japanese star:

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