In a weekly series called ‘Loan Watch’, I’ll be reviewing the performances of all our Academy players for that week, if you missed the previous 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.
Under 21 winger Suso was left out of the match day squad for Almeria’s 3-0 defeat away to Real Sociedad due to illness or injury, but the Almeria Number 17 was back in action for his loan side as they picked up their first victory of the 2013/14 season away to Valencia. Suso played the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 win, and assisted Almeria’s first goal, which was scored by defender Marco Torsiglieri in the 62nd minute. That assist meant that Suso has 1 goal and 4 assists for Almeria in the 10 games he has played for his loan side, the same number of assists as Lionel Messi. Suso has also had, on average, 3 successful dribbles per game in La Liga this season, the fourth most in the league. Suso and Almeria will be looking to build on their first victory when they host Real Valladolid on Saturday 2nd November.
Under 21 defender Andre Wisdom started and played the full 90 minutes on his debut for Derby County as his new side drew 1-1 with Birmingham City on Saturday. Although being played out of position at right back, Wisdom didn’t complain, kept his head down and because of his efforts, received the man of the match award on a debut to remember for the England Under 21 captain. Wisdom did have the chance to score the winner just after Birmingham’s equaliser, but his left footed effort was comfortably saved by Darren Randolph in the Birmingham goal.
Wisdom will be hoping for another good performance when his side travel to 3rd placed QPR, who will be looking to bounce back following their 2-0 defeat to leaders Burnley on Saturday. A good performance from the defender.
On loan midfielder Conor Coady enjoyed little success on Saturday despite his side winning 3-1 against Crewe and new manager Nigel Clough picking up his first win as manager. Coady came on as an 82nd minute substitute replacing the injured Lyle Taylor, so he didn’t have enough time to make any impact whatsoever. He will looking to get more game time when Sheffield United travel to Shrewsbury on Saturday 2nd November. A badly frustrating performance for the midfielder.
20 year old Jack Robinson started but did not finish the game as his loan side Blackpool could only draw 2-2 against Blackburn. In a fiery Lancashire derby, Robinson’s afternoon didn’t start well as he appeared to handle the ball which lead to Blackburn’s first equaliser. He almost made amends just 6 minutes later, but his header was cleared off the line by Blackburn defender Scott Dann with the score at 1-1. Seconds later, he provided crosses for Stephen Dobbie and Riccardo Fuller, but neither on them could find the net as Blackpool pressured the Blackburn defence.
Robinson’s worst moment came 6 minutes from time as DJ Campbell appeared to go into a challenge with Matt Gilks two-footed, which Robinson felt unhappy with. He made his feelings clear to Campbell and after a delay in the match, both were sent off for violent conduct. The left back now misses Blackpool’s next 3 games against Nottingham Forest, Ipswich and Birmingham. His next game could be in 5 weeks time when Blackpool host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 30th November. An ugly end to an ugly Lancashire derby.
Midfielder Krisztian Adorjan played 54 minutes for his loan side Groningen in their 2-2 draw away to Vitesse. Adorjan was replaced by 17 year old Richairo Zivkovic, who scored Groningen’s first. This is the 2nd time in 2 weeks where Adorjan has been replaced by Zivkovic, and the Dutch striker will be looking to start games in the next few weeks, meaning Adorjan’s place is under threat. Adorjan will be hoping to keep his place when Groningen host Roda JC on Sunday 3rd November at 11:30am.
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