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.
On loan defender Jack Robinson has been a regular starter for Blackpool this season and continued that impressive run in the 0-0 draw against Ipswich Town. However, Robinson was forced to come off after just 12 minutes after colliding with team-mate Kirk Broadfoot resulted in a dead leg for the 20 year old. Robinson was then replaced by Andrew Halliday. The young left-back will be hoping to recover in time when 16th placed Blackpool host 18th placed Birmingham.
England Under 21 captain Andre Wisdom was back in action for his loan side Derby when they travelled to a Sheffield Wednesday side who were in good form under new manager Stuart Gray. Wisdom has to be at his best throughout the full 90 minutes, as he conceded 4 corners in the first half alone. The makeshift right-back added to his defensive display with a lay-off to Patrick Bamford and the Chelsea loanee made no mistake as his shot hit the underside of the crossbar and went in. Wisdom is next back in action for 3rd placed Derby on Saturday as they host 15th place Bournemouth at the iPro Stadium.
Young right back Ryan McLaughlin made his comeback from a 4 week injury when he started for Barnsley in their 2-0 defeat at Wigan on Tuesday. However, McLaughlin’s comeback only lasted 45 minutes as he suffered another muscle injury and this setback has ruled him out for a further two weeks. An injury prone McLaughlin will be targeting a return when Barnsley play Nottingham Forest on Saturday 8th March.
20 year old midfielder Conor Coady has all but cemented his place in the Sheffield United starting line-up and that continued as he started in Sheffield United’s biggest game of the season in the FA Cup 5th round match at home to Nottingham Forest. Coady again shone for the Blades and in fact got their equaliser in the 3-1 triumph. Coady was substituted in the 91st minute to a standing ovation from the home crowd and picked up the man of the match award.
The 20 year old continued his fine form when he again started and played the full 90 minutes in Sheffield United’s 1-0 win over Gillingham on Wednesday. Coady’s biggest achievement is that he scored the only goal of the game as his 2nd in consecutive games to help the Blades rise to 18th in League One. Coady will more than likely be in the starting line up again when Sheffield United host 17th placed Bristol City at Bramall Lane, in possibly Coady’s last game for the club as his loan ends of the 24th February.
Under 21 forward Michael Ngoo made his first start for loan side Walsall in their 0-0 draw with Peterborough on Friday night. Ngoo didn’t manage to play the full 90 minutes as he was substituted in the 70th minute in place of Romaine Sawyers, but the tall striker had a good game. He committed two fouls, won a few free-kicks and had a couple of shots that were comfortably saved by Posh goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik.
On loan playmaker Suso had an eventful game in Almeria’s 1-0 loss at Levante last weekend. Overall, the youngster played the full 90 minutes accumulating 3 shots on goal, 3 corners, 1 free-kick and commiting 4 fouls. After reading the last statistic, it is no surprise that Suso was cautioned in the 87th minute to add to his few cautions already this season. Suso will be looking to get another 90 minutes under his belt when Almeria host Malaga in the Spanish Cup on Saturday.
Liverpool loanee Tiago Ilori made his 2nd start for loan side Granada as they beat bottom of the table Real Betis on Sunday morning, and Ilori had a big part to play in that win. Firstly in the 90 minutes, Ilori blocked one shot and committed just one foul but his best moment came in the 30th minute when his 60 yard pass was well met by Piti to give Granada the victory. The victory lifts Granada to 12th in La Liga and they will be looking to rise up the table by picking up points against 9th placed Valencia next Sunday, a game where Ilori will be looking to start.
Young midfielder Krisztian Adorjan played 62 minutes for loan side Groningen in their 1-0 win at home to the Go Ahead Eagles. The Hungarian famously scored two and was sent off in the teams’ last fixture but his performance on Sunday was not as eventful. Overall in the 62 minutes he played, Adorjan took 3 free-kick and on the hour mark hit the woodwork before being replaced by Género Zeefuik. The Hungary youth international will be looking to start in Groningen’s next game, which is against 15th placed Utrecht on Sunday.
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