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.
Under 21 left back Robinson has enjoyed a mixed spell at Blackpool. On Saturday, Robinson played another 90 minutes as Blackpool slumped to yet another defeat, this time at home to Middlesbrough. Robinson did play well unlike his team-mates, which has been a common theme this season. He create the first goal scoring opportunity of the game, but Ricardo Fuller couldn’t connect to Robinson’s cross how he would have like and the chance was wasted. Robinson’s best impact in the match was went he performed a last gasp block to deny Middlesbrough frontman Albert Adomah.
The only problem with Robinson is that he has a bad disciplinary record and this continued when he picked up a yellow card for dissent in the 75th minute, as from what I understand he did make a foul at the time he was booked. With another defeat, Blackpool drop to 14th place and will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to bottom of the table Barnsley
England Under 21 captain Andre Wisdom yet again played the full 90 minutes as Derby suffered their 3rd defeat in 4 games after losing 4-1 away to league leaders Leicester City. Wisdom had a quiet game at right back whereby he didn’t create opportunities but did have his hands full when defending. The only real chance he was involved in was when he assisted Liverpool target Will Hughes, but the 18 year old couldn’t hit the target. Wisdom will be looking to lead his Derby side back to winning ways when they host tough opposition in the form of 6th placed Brighton on Saturday 18th January.
The standout performance of the week for Liverpool’s loanees went to Conor Coady. He had his best performance in a Sheffield United shirt as his side surprisingly lost away to bottom of the league Notts County. Coady put the Blades 1-0 up inside 2 minutes, when his shot from the edge of the area went straight into the bottom corner leaving Notts County ‘keeper Bartosz Białkowski no chance. Coady then attempted to double his goal tally from the same position but this time his shot went wide of the left hand post. After scoring his 2nd goal for his loan side, the 20 year old was full of confidence and had two chances on the edge of the box blocked. The first one was on the 22nd minute, shortly before Notts County’s equaliser and the other one shortly after in the 39th minute when the score was 1-1. The best thing about his performance was that he played the full 90 minutes, as the local lad looks to cement his place in the Sheffield United XI. The defeat leaves The Blades 19th in League One and Coady will be looking to build on his very good performance when his loan side host Yorkshire rivals Bradford, who lie in 12th.
Under 21 playmaker Suso has caused some controversy recently at his loan side Almeria, when he reportedly missed a training session as he overslept. This meant that he was dropped to the bench in recent games and has struggled to get back his starting XI place that he held for so long.
That struggle continued as he started on the bench in Almeria’s 6-1 drubbing away to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. He did replace Alex Vidal in the 67th minute, but his contribution was limited. His only real chance came when his shot on the 79th minute was blocked by Bilbao centre half Balenziaga. Suso was also in action on Tuesday when he returned to the starting line-up when Almeria hosted Racing Santander in the Copa Del Rey fifth round. Unfortunately, Almeria lost the game 2-0 and was therefore eliminated from the competition. The Spain Youth International will be looking to put these recent troubles behind him and return to the starting line-up when Almeria travel to 5th placed Villarreal.
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