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.
Since his recent bust-up with loan side Almeria, Spain Under 21 starlet Suso has struggled for games at Almeria and has started the large majority of recent games on the substitutes bench. This frustrating run continued when he started on the bench for Almeria in their 2-0 loss away to Villarreal. Suso did play 45 minutes though as he replaced Helder Barbosa at the start of the second half. Overall, in that 45 minutes, Suso had 4 shots, with the majority being blocked by the Villarreal defence. With the defeat, Almeria fall to 17th in La Liga and will be looking to get a point after 3 consecutive defeats when they host 12th placed Getafe on Sunday 26th January.
19 year old full-back Ryan McLaughlin recently joined Championship strugglers Barnsley on an initial one-month loan deal. The northern Irishman didn’t have the chance to get his debut last week as Barnsley’s game with Charlton was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. However, McLaughlin came straight into the starting line-up in their 2-0 win over Blackpool on Saturday, and helped his side to a rare win. McLaughlin did have two moments of worry in the 3rd minute and in the 93rd minute because of injuries, but it seems the right back is still fit. McLaughlin will be hoping to help Barnsley pick up another valuable 3 points when they host 8th placed Blackburn on Tuesday 28th January who will be looking to bounce back after a 4-1 defeat away to Nottingham Forest.
As mentioned before, Jack Robinson’s Blackpool suffered yet another defeat when they lost to joint bottom side Barnsley at Oakwell. Robinson was busy on Saturday as he did have the problem of dealing with Ryan McLaughlin throughout the game. In the 2nd minute of injury time at the end of the first half, Robinson picked up his 2nd booking in as many games as discipline is still an issue for the left-back. He did have a chance to get a goal for his loan side, but his shot went just wide. Robinson’s next game may be under a manager with current manager Paul Ince’s future in doubt. Robinson will be looking to play another 90 minutes when Blackpool host 22nd placed Doncaster on Saturday 25th January. However, table position means nothing, especially after this result with Barnsley.
Andre Wisdom has been playing at right back in all of Derby’s games this season, and in their 1-0 win at home to Brighton on Saturday, this was no different. Wisdom played 73 minutes in the victory, and for the first time this season he did not complete the full 90 minutes, but this was because of an injury. The good news for Wisdom was that he was voted Man of the Match. Derby’s next game is away to 8th placed Derby on Saturday 25th January, a game where Wisdom will want to feature if he is fit.
After his 2nd goal for loan side Sheffield United last week, many expected Coady to start for the Blades in their 2-2 draw with Bradford on Saturday. This was not the case however, as Coady came on as an 88th minute substitute. The Liverpudlian will be looking to make more of an impact when Sheffield United host Premier League side Fulham in the 4th round of the FA Cup as they will be hoping for a repeat of what happened against Aston Villa in the 3rd round.
In his first game back from the winter break in Holland, midfielder Krisztian Adorjan started and played 73 minutes for this loan side Groningen against 15th placed RKC before being replaced by Lorenzo Burnet . In his 73 minutes on the pitch, the Hungarian managed 1 shot on goal, whilst delivering 6 corners for his side. Adorjan will be looking to consolidate his place in the starting line-up when 6th placed Groningen host 3rd placed FC Twente on Sunday 26th January.
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