This Saturday, Liverpool FC will (may?) take to the field again, whey they play hosts to Southampton. When they do, they won’t be seeing Takumi Minamino, who was loaned out to the Saints in search of playing time.
Even though the “parent club” rule has been done away with in Europe, specifically when Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, then on loan at Atletico Madrid, was allowed to played against his parent club... it’s still in effect in English football. In fact, the law still applies across England’s top four divisions. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time this season Southampton have had a player ineligible due to the parent club rule. When the Saints have faced Everton, Theo Walcott was ineligble as he is currently on loan from the Toffees.
Takumi Minamino has featured seven times in the Premier League for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, with two goals to his name thus far.