Liverpool opens Week 14Premier League2020-2021 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Saturday (19/12) with neat and striking scores. The Reds won 7-0 and became the second biggest win against Palace after winning 9-0 in 1989.
Roberto Firmino (44 ’68’) and Mohamed Salah (81 ’84’) posted a brace or two goals, then each scored by Takumi Minamino (3 ‘), Sadio Mane (35’), and Jordan Henderson (52 ‘) . Liverpool have solidified their position at the top of the standings with 31 points from 14 matches.
The first goal scored by Takumi Minamino was very important to improve the mentality of playing Liverpool in that match, especially when it was created quickly, it influenced Roy Hodgson’s plans to play at Crystal Palace.
In addition, the goals of the 25-year-old player also recorded his name in the history of Premier League football. Minamino is the seventh player from Japan to score in the Premier League. It was Minamino’s first league goal after coming from RB Salzburg in January 2020.
Liverpool fans clearly hope that is just the start of Minamino’s goals and good form. The Cerezo Osaka academy product isn’t the only player from Japan to have performed well at the Premier Leaue – even scoring goals.
The Premier League is also a league that is inhabited by many players from Asia, especially Japan and South Korea, but not many have scored in the world’s best league. Besides Minamino, there are six other names from Japan who have scored in the league, who are they?
The player who plays as a midfielder has had a career in Europe in the mid-late 90s and 2000s. Even now, Junichi Inamoto is still working at the age of 41 with Japanese club SC Sagamihara.
Inamoto had a career in England with Arsenal, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion. His first goal in the Premier League came when he was still defending Fulham. After a career in England Inamoto played at Galatasaray, Eintracht Frankfurt and Stade Rennes.
2. Hidetoshi Nakata
Old European football fans, especially Serie A and AS Roma know this name. Hidetoshi Nakata is a Japanese star who is famous in Europe and won the Scudetto in 2001 with Roma.
Nakata’s career ended early due to his focus on the world of fashion. The only English club that has been defended by Nakata is Bolton Wanderers in mid-2005-2006. He scored a goal in the Premier League during Bolton’s 2-0 win over West Brom.
3. Shinji Kagawa
No stranger to Manchester United fans. The former Borussia Dortmund player played in the Premier League with MU in the 2012-2014 period. His first goal in the Premier League game at Old Trafford against Fulham in August 2012.
Kagawa was fortunate enough to win the Premier League title with Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 before the manager retired. He was last seen defending Real Zaragoza in 2020 and the 31-year-old does not own a club at the moment.
4. Maya Yoshida
Japan national team captain and former Southampton captain. Maya Yoshida (32 years) is currently strengthening Claudio Ranieri’s team, Sampdoria. Yoshida played in England for eight years with The Saints – Southampton’s nickname.
Yoshida’s first Premier League goal came in February 2014 when Southampton lost 3-1 to West Ham United. Yoshida is an experienced defender who can play as a center back and left-back.
5. Shinji Okazaki
Masi is currently playing at the age of 34 and is strengthening the Spanish club Huesca. Shinji Okazaki played with Leicester City from 2015 to 2019 and played a duet with Jamie Vardy upfront.
Okazaki was in the squad for Premier League champions Leicester in 2016 under Ranieri. His first Premier League goal came in a 2-1 win against West Ham in December 2015.
6. Yoshinori Muto
Still in status as a Newcastle United player at the moment, but Yoshinori Muto is on loan at Eibar. Muto (28 years old) joined Newcastle in 2018 from Mainz. Muto’s first goal came when Newcastle lost 2-3 to Manchester United.
The FC Tokyo academy product plays as a striker with 29 caps with the Japanese national team and has scored three goals.
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