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.
Spain Under 21 playmaker Suso was back in action for loan side Almeria as he returned to the starting line-up against top of the table Athletico Madrid. Suso did have 2 attempts on goal which were blocked in the first half, but his second half contribution was what stood out. The 20 year old was booked for a foul on Raul Garcia in 57th minute, but in the 80th minute his corner found Verza who struck it past Thibaut Courtois as Almeria recorded a rare win. With the victory, Almeria rise to 15th with the win and will be looking to build on this performance when they travel to 10th placed Levante on Saturday.
England Under 21 captain Andre Wisdom again played a full 90 minutes for Derby County at right-back position as they beat third placed QPR in a key game at the top of the Championship. Derby’s next game is on Tuesday 18th February, when they travel to a Sheffield Wednesday side who sit in 17th place and will be looking to bounce back after their first defeat in twelve games at the hands of Wigan.
20 year old left-back Jack Robinson played an outstanding 90 minutes for loan side Blackpool as they surprisingly picked up a point against a very strong Nottingham Forest side. Robinson set up Kirk Broadfoot in the 26th minute but the defender’s close range header went wide. He did pick up an assist in the 86th minute though when his cross picked out the header of Andy Keogh, who scored an important equaliser for the Seasiders as they find themselves in mid-table. It doesn’t get any easier for Robinson or Blackpool in their next game when they travel to 8th place Ipswich, who are in with a shout of getting into the play-offs.
After putting in many impressive performances for loan side Sheffield United this season, Conor Coady consolidated his side in Nigel Clough’s starting line-up. This time he didn’t complete the 90 minutes as he played 84 minutes in the 2-0 win at home to Shrewsbury before being replaced by Chris Porter. With the win, Sheffield United still remain in the relegation zone in 21st, but a win in their next game would lift them to 16th as it is that tight at the bottom of League One. Their next game was supposed to be on Wednesday 12th February when they hosted league leaders Brentford but that game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Their next game now is on Sunday 16th when they host Nottingham Forest in the 5th round of the FA Cup.
It was announced on deadline day that Under 21 striker Michael Ngoo joined League One outfit Walsall on a loan deal until the end of the season. Ngoo made his debut on Saturday when he came on as a 64th minute substitute for Craig Westcarr in their 3-0 home defeat to MK Dons. Ngoo played well creating two chances early on and then in the 89th minute MK Dons defender Anthony Kay was adjudged to foul Ngoo in the penalty area, but unfortunately Ngoo could capitalise as he missed the penalty. The forward will be hoping that this won’t dent the confidence that Walsall manager Dean Smith has in him so that he can play a part in their next game, which is a tough tie away to 6th place Peterborough, who lie just a place ahead of them and a point ahead of them.
Also on deadline day, it was announced that Under 21 defender Tiago Ilori joined La Liga side Granada until the end of the season and the Portuguese defender made his debut as he started and played the full 90 minutes in Granada’s 1-0 defeat to 9th placed Espanyol. However, Ilori did pick up a yellow card after a foul in the 75th minute. Ilori will be looking to feature in 17th placed Granada’s next game which is at home to bottom of the table Real Betis
Hungarian attacking midfielder Krisztian Aodrjan was an unused substitute in Groningen’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Heerenveen at the weekend. Adorjan then returned to the starting line-up in their next game which was against 2nd placed FC Twente on Wednesday. The midfielder made an immediate impact as he scored the opener after just 5 minutes to give Groningen an early lead. Adorjan then contributed with three corners and two shots before being replaced by teenager Ricardo Zivkovic in the 63rd minute. 9th placed Groningen’s next fixture is against Go Ahead Eagles on Sunday, and the last time these two sides met Adorjan scored two and was sent off in a memorable game.
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