In a new weekly series called ‘Academy 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 forward Suso played all 90 minutes of Almeria’s 5-0 defeat at the hands of La Liga giants Real Madrid. Suso did encouragingly create a few chances against a very strong Madrid defence, including a 57th minute shot which was well saved by Diego Lopez low to his right and a 69th minute effort that was charged down by Real Madrid’s defence. He did create another chance when the score was 1-0, but his shot from outside of the box flashed wide of Lopez’s goal. The Spain Under 21 star will be hoping to bounce back when he and his Almeria team-mates travel to fellow La Liga strugglers Celta Vigo on Saturday 30th November, a crucial early six pointer for Suso.
Midfielder Conor Coady has played 3 games since the last ‘Loan Watch’ because he is the only notable Liverpool loanee who didn’t take a break for the international break. Coady was an unused substitute in Sheffield United’s 2-1 defeat against Gillingham on Saturday 16th November, but did return to the starting line-up for their 1-0 win at fellow League 1 strugglers Bristol City. Coady was cautioned in the game for a foul of Bristol City’s Greg Cunningham. Coady did have a chance to score his first goal for the Blades but his shot on the 52nd minute went wide of Bristol City ‘keeper Elliot Parish’s goal.
Coady again retained his place in the starting XI for yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Walsall at Bramall Lane, and again he almost took the lead but his long range effort was inches wide as he is still searching for his first goal for his loan side. Coady will be enjoying his run of games in the starting XI and will be looking to continue his run in Sheffield United’s next game against high flying Leyton Orient on Saturday 30th November.
England Under 21 captain Andre Wisdom is enjoying life at Derby, despite ditching his car in a ditch on his way to Derby’s training ground. Wisdom has been playing in the Right-Back position though, but it is all good experience for the young defender. He did help his team keep a clean sheet at Bournemouth, a very good result, as Bournemouth have scored in most Championship games this season. Wisdom played all 90 minutes in the 1-0 win and will be hoping for the same result next Sunday when his side travel to Wigan.
Hungarian Under 21 midfielder Krisztian Adorjan was on the bench for Groningen’s 0-0 draw and was not used for the match against Zwolle, instead Richairo Zivkovic remains Groningen’s preferred goal threat to Adorjan. The forward will be hoping to play a more important part in Groningen’s next fixture which is against NAC Breda on Saturday 30th November.
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