In a new weekly series called ‘Loan Watch’, I’ll be reviewing the performances of all our players out on loan 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.
Spanish playmaker Suso again put in a good performance for Almeria, but unfortunately his side could not match his performance as they lost 3-1 to relegation rivals Celta Vigo. Suso did have another promising game and almost put Almeria ahead in the 3rd minute, but his long range effort was well saved by Celta Vigo ‘keeper Yoel. However just 6 minutes later, Yoel was beaten by Suso and the Spaniard gave Almeria the lead and give the loanee his 2nd goal of the season. The bad news for Suso is that he picked up yet another yellow card, a bad habit the youngster has been getting himself into. Almeria’s next league game is against Espanyol on Sunday 15th December, a game where many expect Suso to play the full 90 minutes.
Under 21 midfielder Conor Coady continued his impressive run of games for Sheffield United and played all 90 minutes in Sheffield United’s 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient on Saturday. Coady will be more than likely to start in the Blades’ next game as the midfielder got his name on the scoresheet with a shot from inside the box that went into the bottom corner and past Leyton Orient ‘keeper Jamie Jones. This was Coady’s first goal of the season and will be looking to build on this in his loan side’s next game which is at home to Swindon on Saturday 14th December.
Under 21 holding midfielder Craig Roddan has recently completed a one month loan deal to League One side Carlisle with a view to a permanent deal in January. However, Roddan was an unused substitute for their weekend defeat away to Swindon. Roddan will be hoping to make at least some impact when Carlisle play host to Tranmere Rovers and Roddan may have the chance to play against Under 21 team mate Kris Peterson
Under 21 winger Kris Peterson has been in impressive form for the Under 21s this season, netting 6 goals and in doing so becoming the Under 21s top scorer this season. However, Peterson was loaned out to Tranmere and helped his side to a win against Colchester on Saturday. It was the perfect debut for Peterson, who was given the Man of the Match award after a great all-round display. Peterson played all 90 minutes and went close on 48 minutes but his shot was easily saved by Sam Walker in the Colchester goal. He did have two more chances to score, but one effort on the 64th minute was blocked and the other on the 93rd minute flashed wide of Walker’s goal. The Swedish winger will be hoping for another strong performance for Tranmere when he travels to Craig Roddan’s Carlisle with more than bragging rights on offer.
England Under 21 captain Andre Wisdom played the full 90 minutes for Derby in their 3-1 victory away at Wigan on Sunday. Unfortunately, his side could not keep a clean sheet despite Wisdom’s valiant efforts. Fortunately, Wisdom was back in action in midweek for Derby but again they couldn’t keep a clean sheet as they won 2-1. Wisdom’s side rise to 4th in the league and Wisdom’s contribution has helped because he has been nominated for the November player of the month as he has helped his side keep 2 clean sheets in 3 games for Derby in November. The Englishman will be hoping for another solid performance and another 90 minutes when Derby face Jack Robinson’s Blackpool on Saturday 7th September.
Under 21 forward Adam Morgan played 69 minutes on his debut for Yeovil in their 3-0 away win against Watford. Earlier in the week, it was announced that Morgan would join the Championship strugglers on a one month loan deal with the option to a permanent move in January. Morgan gained praise from Yeovil manager Gary Johnson and his debut could have been even more impressive but his close range header drifted wide following a good cross from Luke Ayling. The 19 year old striker also featured for 60 minutes in Yeovil’s 1-0 win over Jack Robinson’s Blackpool before being replaced by Sam Hoskins. Morgan did set up Ishmael Miller for a shot that unfortunately flew high and wide of Matt Gilks’ goal-frame. Morgan will be looking to build on these victories when they host Charlton on Saturday 14th December.
After returning from his suspension for picking up a red card in the draw against Blackburn last month, Jack Robinson was back in action when he faced Yeovil. Robinson played all 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat and was surprisingly the only defender not to get his name in the referee’s book as 2 of his defenders got sent off whilst the other was cautioned as his side ended the game with 10 men. Robinson did provide some good crosses from the left, in particular one to Kirk Broadfoot, but the Blackpool man couldn’t direct his header on target. Jack Robinson will be hoping to keep a clean sheet in his next game when they travel to 4th placed Derby, which features Liverpool’s very own Andre Wisdom.
Hungarian Under 21 forward Krisztian Adorjan has struggled for game time as of late at Groningen and this continued as he started as a substitute for Groningen against NAC Breda. Adorjan came on for Groningen on the 78th minute when it was 2-0 to NAC and in the final 12 minutes with Adorjan in the team, the match finished 2-2, a great comeback for the Dutch side.
19 year old striker Armin Hodzic has not been mentioned on Loan Watch, mainly because he plays in the Bosnian Premier League for FK Zeljeznicar and his situation was similar to that of Conor Coady as he had to break into the starting XI. Since then, Hodzic has scored 8 goals in 8 games including a hat-trick and a flying header which has earned him a Player of the Month award.
Henoc Mukendi has struggled for game time at SPL side Partick Thistle and as a result played for their Under 20s in the last few weeks. However, Mukendi was an unused substitute for Partick in their last game which was against Aberdeen, a game that ended 1-0 to Aberdeen. It is unlikely that Mukendi will make the squad any time soon as his loan spell is continued to be wasted.
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