In a 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 playmaker Suso has appeared to put the controversy suffered last month behind him as he returned to Almeria’s starting line up in the 1-0 defeat to Elche. The bad news for Suso is that he did pick up a caution after fouling an Elche player in the 24th minute of the match. Suso committed several fouls in the game and because of this was taken off in the 64th minute for Helder Barbosa. Suso will be looking to get more game time when Almeria host top of the table Athletico Madrid on Sunday.
For the first time this season, Under 21 left back Jack Robinson didn’t feature for Blackpool in their 2-0 defeat at Blackburn on Saturday as rumours get ever stronger about the youngster returning to his parent club. Blackpool’s next game is against Nottingham Forest so it doesn’t get any easier for the 15th placed side. It is probable that Robinson will return to the starting line-up for that game and they need his skill in defence against such a team.
Andre Wisdom again played the full 90 minutes as his Derby County side and Birmingham shared the points in a six goal thriller at St Andrews. Wisdom did set up Jamie Ward in the 24th minute, but the ever so prolific striker couldn’t convert his chance this time round. Unfortunately for Wisdom, he picked up a yellow card after a foul on Peter Lovenkrands in the 57th minute, and despite his and Derby’s heroic defending in the later stages, then could not keep out an equaliser and Birmingham made it 3-3 late on. Derby’s next game is a big one, as they host QPR on Monday night, Wisdom will be looking to show Derby why they signed him by putting in yet another impressive performance.
Former Liverpool Under 21 captain Conor Coady seems to have cemented his place in the starting line-up for Sheffield United, but he couldn’t stop his loan side losing 3-0 away to Crewe on Saturday. The midfielder did have a chance to score in the 54th minute, but his long range shot was well saved by Crewe goalkeeper Ben Garratt. The defeat means that the Blades drop to 23rd in League One and their next game is crucial as they face 21st placed Shrewsbury in a mid season six-pointer at Bramall Lane.
Under 21 midfielder Krisztian Adorjan played 45 minutes as Groningen slipped to a defeat against 6th placed AZ on Saturday. The Hungarian’s action was very limited as he only took two corners and one free-kick before being replaced by Yoell Van Nieff. Groningen are back in action when they host Heerenveen on Sunday 9th February.
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