and as soon as he gets playing time at Southampton he starts scoring regularly, so why did Klopp not give him any games, especially with a very ineffectual attacking line up this season, in particular Bobby.
I didn't watch the Southampton games but he did score two goals. However, we did watch him for a year and I couldn't say I was impressed with his display on more than 2 or 3 occasions at most.
I'm not saying he is bad and I do hope he will come back and be ready to help us but if you are the manager there's nothing better you can do than give him games wether off the bench or as a starter. The latter is hard to provide regularly because you want your best lineup most of the time. He got the games and did not show enough in them. If Klopp does not play Minamino then he's wrong for doing so and if he does a couple of games on the trot and we still lose (and not score) then its going to be ''why is he not fielding our best front 3 when we are in dire need of goals and points''
Some of the criticizing, and more importantly the criticizers, are just deprived of any common sense and will say contradictory things from one game to another and adjust what they say to fit whatever happened recently.
The loan was the correct decision. Change things up, get minutes, adapt to the league, etc and come back with more confidence and an ability to reproduce that form with us.