In a new weekly series exclusive to my blog called ‘Loan Watch’, I’ll be reviewing the performances of all our Academy players for that week, if you missed the pilot episode of Loan Watch then be sure to read it by clicking here. The aim of this series is to keep Liverpool fans interested in the players who are not at the club at this current time, but still are in the clubs’ records.
Spanish winger Suso is currently on loan at La Liga side Almeria, after his emergence into Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI last season. Since then, Suso has been influential for Almeria, as he has been involved in 4 goals in 2 games, with 2 assists to his name. He has been a regular starter for the newly promoted club, and this was no different as he started in Almeria’s last match, which was a 2-2 at home to Elche. He again impressed but unfortunately for the Spain Under 20 international, he was booked. Suso is expected to start in Almeria’s next fixture, which is away to Althetico Madrid on Sunday 15th September.
Conor Coady is currently on loan at League 1 side Sheffield United, and has been a regular starter for David Weir’s side. This was no different as he played all 90 minutes in Sheffield United’s agonising 1-0 defeat against MK Dons. There was an additional 7 minutes in that game, so that will improve Coady’s fitness but his game was very chanceless as he created minimal opportunities. Days later, Coady was back in action for the Blades in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy First Round fixture away to Scunthorpe United. Coady started the game, which ended 0-0 after extra time. Coady did have the chance to score a late winner for his side, but his 85th minute header was blocked by Scunthorpe’s David Mirfin. Coady did score a penalty to contribute to Sheffield United’s 5-3 penalty win.
Coady is expected to play in Sheffield United’s next fixture away to Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United, where he hopes the game does not turn out like it did against rivals Bradford.
Michael Ngoo is currently on loan at Championship side Yeovil, who were newly promoted to the division. Yeovil have started nervously, losing some important games. Ngoo has played some part in Yeovil’s season, sometimes as a starter, and sometimes as a substitute. For last weekend’s match at home to Reading, Ngoo made a late substitute appearance in the 1-0 defeat as he came on in the 84th minute. He did get involved with the game though, as he gave away a free-kick after fouling Hal Robson-Kanu and was caught offside in the final stages.
Ngoo may play some part in Yeovil’s next game, which is away to Sheffield Wednesday, where the striker will be looking to make an impression in the game and potentially grab a goal.
Left-back Jack Robinson is currently on loan at Championship leaders Blackpool, who have started the season well under manager Paul Ince, picking up 13 points in 5 games and more importantly for Robinson, only conceding 2 goals. Robinson has been a first choice left-back in the opening 5 games of the season and continued being first choice for their 1-0 victory against Play-Off finalists Watford, where he again helped his team to another clean sheet. Robinson did pick up a booking, which was the only negative in an otherwise positive day for the 19 year old.
Henoc Mukendi is currently on loan at SPL side Partick Thistle and the Under 20 player has found life very hard in Scotland, failing to make the squad in the majority of the teams’ games. However, Mukendi was included in the squad for Partick’s Scottish League Cup game against Ayr. The forward did make a substitute appearance in the 70th minute, but couldn’t make an impact in the rest of the game. As expected, Mukendi was left out of the squad for the SPL victory away to St Mirren. Unfortunately, Mukendi is expected to be left out of the squad for Partick’s SPL game versus Aberdeen.
Hungarian midfielder Krisztian Adorjan is currently on loan at Eredivisie side Groningen for the rest of the season with an option to buy. He has had an interesting start with Groningen, as he scored and was then sent off in their 3-3 draw with the Go Ahead Eagles. He then of course missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Ajax through suspension, but should be in the squad for their upcoming fixture away to Heerenveen.
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Until Next Time Reds…