Loan Watch: Origi substitution jeered, Teixeira shines, Wisdom, Alberto and all

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Ben Twelves takes a look at how Liverpool’s loan players performed for their temporary clubs in the midweek and weekend fixtures.

Divock Origi

Liverpool’s £10million pound man started in Lille’s frustrating 1-0 home defeat to Porto in their Champions League qualifier first leg last Wednesday night.

Origi started on the left side of a front three for Rene Girard’s team and after a difficult 72 minutes – by which time Lille were behind – the 19-year-old was replaced, much to the frustration of a section of the home crowd who jeered the decision to take the Belgian off with the game in the balance.

Saturday night saw Lille return to league action against Lorient and Girard’s men picked up their second win of the season with a 2-0 win. Origi began the match on the bench, after two starts in a row, but he was introduced to proceedings with just over 15 minutes remaining, and Lille wrapped the game up with a goal from Simon Kjaer just a minute after the strikers’ arrival.

 

Joao Carlos Teixeira

An excellent performance from Liverpool’s creative midfielder inspired Sami Hyppia’s Brighton team to their first win of the new season last Tuesday night, against Leeds United at Elland Road, where the 21-year-old scored his professional career goal at club level.

Teixeira’s smart finish after just five minutes handed the away side an early lead, and the clever midfielder also won a free kick on the edge of the Leeds box with just six minutes remaining, which was fired home by Kazenga Lua-Lua, wrapping up the game for the former Liverpool captain’s side.


The Portuguese midfielder continued his impressive start to life on the south coast, as he grabbed his second goal in as many starts with a smart and composed finish in Brighton’s 2-1 home victory over Bolton on Saturday afternoon. He was replaced with six minutes remaining as Hyppia’s side looked to see out the remainder of the game, but the talented loanee left the pitch to a standing ovation from the Seagulls’ fans on his home debut.


 

Andre Wisdom

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Wisdom recorded his first clean sheet for West Brom on Saturday, as the Baggies played out a stalemate against Liverpool’s opening day opponents, Southampton at St Marys.

The 21-year-old was handed a second consecutive start at right back and completed another 90 minutes for Alan Irvine’s side, producing a solid performance defensively and creating one chance for his side up the other end, as he continues his development away from Anfield.

 

Luis Alberto

The Spanish midfielder endured a dream start to his season-long loan with Malaga in an eventful season opener as his goal handed Javi Gracia’s side a winning start to the new La Liga season over Atletic Bilbao.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder started centrally in the ‘3’ behind the striker Roque Santa Cruz and after being fouled in the box 35 minutes into the match, he stepped up to take the resulting penalty. Alberto’s spot kick was excellently saved by Bilbao keeper Iraizoz down to his right, but the ball fell kindly to the Liverpool man who tapped home the rebound.

The goal proved to be the match winner for Malaga, who finished the game with 9 men, and Gracia’s team hung on to claim the points after seeing an injury time ‘equaliser’ from keeper Iraizoz from a corner harshly ruled out.


 

Elsewhere

Iago Aspas was an unused substitute for Sevilla in their season opening league fixture against Valencia on Saturday night – a game which ended 1-1.

Promising centre back Tiago Ilori missed table-topping Bordeaux’s impressive 3-1 win over Nice, as injury ruled him out of contention for match action.

More positively, Brad Smith capped off an excellent week – in which he received a first call-up to the Australia national team, as he made back to back starts and played 82 minutes to help guide Swindon Town to a comfortable 2-0 win over Crewe on Saturday.

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