LFC Loan Watch: Ibe stunner, Coates returns, Ilori back in training

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Ben Twelves takes a look at how Liverpool’s loaned players performed for their temporary clubs in the weekend fixtures, with a disappointing lack of match action for the loanees.

PRESTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 19, 2014: Liverpool's Jordan Ibe in action against Preston North End during a preseason friendly match at Deepdale Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 

 

Jordon Ibe

Liverpool’s explosive 18-year-old built on the international break spent with England under 20s as he started, played 74 minutes and scored an outstanding goal for loan club Derby in their impressive 2-1 away win against fellow promotion hopefuls, Watford.

The talented youngster produced an excellent performance as he caused a whole host of problems for Watford’s Ecuadorian World Cup right back – skinning him a number of times down the left side – and he opened the scoring with a fantastic goal.

Ibe cut in from the left onto his right foot to the angle of the box – dancing around a rash challenge – where he then unleashed an unstoppable curling effort into the far corner of the net.

It was an top class goal from the Liverpool loanee who also produced a disciplined defensive performance when the home side chased the game last on, and Ibe continues to impress for Steve McClaren’s Championship table-topping side.

 

Andre Wisdom

Liverpool’s loaned defender continues to be a first choice pick for Alan Irvine’s West Brom at right back, as he again played 90 minutes for the Baggies in their 2-0 defeat away at Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

The game was made an even tougher task than first feared as Albion went down to 10 men after just half an hour, but despite the man disadvantage, Wisdom and the rest of the Baggies’ back line battled hard to prevent the floodgates from opening.

The 21-year-old won two of two tackles, made three interceptions and posted the third highest match rating of his side – all according to whoscored.com.

 

 

Iago Aspas

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 3, 2013: Liverpool's Iago Aspas in action against Olympiakos CFP during a preseason friendly match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

27-year-old loaned striker Aspas played the final 15 minutes of Sevilla’s crushing 5-1 defeat to record breaking Lionel Messi’s Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Saturday night.

With his side already 4-1 behind, Aspas came on – taking the place of Colombia striker Carlos Bacca – and played as the central figure in a three man attack, but with the match already lost, he had little chance to make an impact on the game.

 

Luis Alberto

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 5, 2014: Liverpool's Luis Alberto in action against Oldham Athletic during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having been left out of the match-day squad, Spanish midfielder Alberto made a comeback to the match involvement last time out, and he featured briefly again for loan club Malaga on Saturday night in their 3-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

With his side trailing 2-2 and down to 10 men, Liverpool’s loaned man entered proceedings with just five minutes left to play, and as a result had little time to make an impact on the match for Javi Gracia’s side.

 

Elsewhere

Sebastian Coates

After a long absence through injury, Uruguayan centre back Coates returned training at Sunderland this week, and there was more good news for Liverpool loanee as he was then also part of the squad for Gus Poyet’s side in their 0-0 draw at Leicester, where he was an unused substitute.

Joao Carlos Teixeira

Having spent the international fixtures with Portugal under 21s after receiving a long awaited recall to the squad, Teixeira returned to Brighton but was frustratingly an unused substitute Sami Hyppia’s side’s 3-3 draw against Norwich on Saturday afternoon.

Oussama Assaidi

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 26, 2014: Stoke City's Oussama Assaidi during the FA Cup 4th Round match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Moroccan winger Assaidi was once more an unused substitute for Mark Hughes’ Stoke, as they slumped to a miserable 2-1 home defeat to Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

Divock Origi

LILLE, FRANCE - Thursday, October 23, 2014: Lille OSC's Divock Origi in action against Everton during the UEFA Europa League Group H match at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s Belgian striker enjoyed a productive international break as he scored for Belgium against Iceland – his third goal for his country – but his club don’t return to match action until Thursday night when Lille face Russian side Krasnodar in a Europa League tie.

Tiago Ilori

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 17, 2013: Liverpool's Tiago Ilori in action against Sunderland during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds Portuguese central defender made a welcome return to training after a number of weeks  out during the international break, but he wasn’t fit enough to make an appearance in the squad for Bordeaux’s trip to Marseille on Sunday evening – a game which his side lost 3-1.

Rafa Paez

Spanish defender Paez was an unused substitute for Bologna in their 1-1 stalemate away against Spezia in Serie B on Saturday afternoon.

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