LFC Loan Watch: Aspas & Alberto impress in cup but dropped for La Liga, plus Teixeira injury frustration

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Ben Twelves rounds up how the loaned members of the Liverpool squad performed for their temporary clubs in the midweek and weekend fixtures – with much more action for the Reds loanees.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 17, 2013: Liverpool's Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto before the Premiership match against Stoke City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Iago Aspas

Spanish striker Aspas netted his second hat-trick of the season in just a staggering four minutes for Sevilla in their 5-1 Copa Del Rey cup success over Sabadell on Wednesday night – giving them an 11-2 aggregate win.

The Liverpool loanee started alongside Kevin Gameiro in a two man partnership and he played all 90 minutes of the game following his stunning three goals 15 minutes into the second half – something he hopes will see manager Unai Emrey present the loaned man with more match minutes.

Aspas’ hopes were banished however on Sunday afternoon when he too was an unused substitute in Sevilla’s 1-0 away victory against Rayo Vallecano – a disappointing feat after a blistering midweek display.

 

Andre Wisdom

Wisdom kept his place in the right-back slot for West Brom’s fixture against West Ham on Tuesday night – a game in which the Baggies slipped to their fourth successive defeat.

The defender completed all 90 minutes for Alan Irvine’s side once again which continues to be positive for the Reds’ youngster’s development, but Wisdom largely struggled on the night – losing possession cheaply on a number of occasions – and some of the Albion faithful are beginning to become frustrated with his continued selection, suggesting he needs a rest after 13 starts this campaign.

Despite the calls, Wisdom retained his place on Saturday for Albion’s trip to Hull, and he played all 90 minutes once more as Irvine chooses to keep faith with the 21-year-old.

There was an improvement for both Wisdom and the Baggies – who ended a run of four straight defeats – as they recorded a welcome clean sheet and the defender produced a solid defensive display – making five clearances, two interceptions and winning three aerial duels – courtesy of Statszone.

 

Luis Alberto

Attacking midfielder Alberto made a return to the Malaga starting XI in midweek for their Copa Del Rey cup draw against Deportivo La Coruna.

The Spaniard played 80 minutes of the clash that ended 1-1 playing in the central position of the ‘3’ behind the lone front man, and he grabbed an assist for his side with an excellently delivered free-kick which was headed home powerfully by Igancio Camacho.

Alberto was unable to build on his midweek showing as he frustratingly saw his game time restricted once again on Saturday night when he was an unused substitute for his team’s 1-0 away win against the same opposition – this time in a league encounter.

 

Divock Origi

Origi’s Lille side battled to a credible 1-1 draw against Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday night to stop their slide down the Ligue 1 table after poor recent form of five league games without victory saw them drop to 15th.

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The Belgian striker started up front in a two man partnership alongside Nolan Roux, and he played the full 90 minutes of the fixture producing a lively but hard working performance for Rene Girard’s team, causing the table toppers problems throughout the night, despite not registering on the score-sheet.

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Origi played a successive 90 minutes on Sunday afternoon in Lille’s derby clash against rivals RC Lens – a fixture that finished all square with a 1-1 draw.

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)

Again the Belgian lined up in a two man partnership, once more alongside Roux, but he struggled to have an impact on the game in the final third – registering only one on and off-target shot but completing three successful take-ons in the stalemate – according to FourFourTwo’s Statszone.

 

Elsewhere

 

Sebastian Coates

Uruguayan centre back Coates made his first start in the Premier League for loan club Sunderland since joining in the summer on Wednesday night in their 4-1 defeat against title chasers, Manchester City.

The 24-year-old completed all 90 minutes of the fixture and was thrown in at the deep end as he came up against the league’s best player in Sergio Aguero – who he came unstuck against for City’s equalising goal on a tough comeback appearance.

There was no chance for the central defender to build up any momentum in the heart of Gus Poyet’s defence this weekend due to Sunderland facing Coates’ parent club Liverpool with their trip to Anfield on Saturday afternoon meaning he missed the fixture.

 

Jordon Ibe

After a sustained run in the team, Liverpool’s talented teenager dropped to the Derby bench in their comfortable 3-0 success over Joao Teixeira’s Brighton on Saturday.

Ibe did play some part of the encounter however – coming on with just over 10 minutes to play on the left of a firing front three for Steve McClaren’s side – and despite only little time remaining, the former Wycombe man did almost manage to get himself on the score-sheet but his effort was well saved.

 

Joao Carlos Teixeira

ST HELENS, ENGLAND - Monday, October 7, 2013: Liverpool's Joao Carlos Teixeira celebrates scoring the fifth goal against Tottenham Hotspur during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at Langtree Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In contrast to his teammate, Teixeira went straight back into Sami Hyypia’s starting XI for the match at the iPro Stadium, having been left out of the Seagull’s squad altogether in their defeat to Fulham last weekend.

The Portugal under-21 international began as the central figure of the ‘3’ behind striker Darren Bent, before disappointingly coming off due to picking up an injury after a late tackle just 27 minutes in – by which time his side were already trailing Ibe’s league leaders 3-0.

 

Oussama Assaidi

Moroccan winger Assaidi started for the first time in the Premier League this season for Stoke, in their narrow 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in midweek.

The tricky wide-man started on the left of a ‘3’ behind striker Mame Biram Diouf in a 4-2-3-1 formation and he played 77 minutes of the match before being replaced by former Red Peter Crouch as Mark Hughes’ side went in search of a late equaliser.

Having recorded his first league start on Tuesday night, the 27-year-old dropped back to the bench for Stoke’s impressive 3-2 win against Arsenal – a game in which Assaidi was an unused substitute.

 

Tiago Ilori

Portugal under-21 defender Ilori missed out Bordeaux’s goalless draw in midweek as he steps up his return to fitness after a spell out through injury, but the pacey centre back made a return to the match squad on Saturday for his side’s 3-2 win against Lorient, where he was named on the bench and stayed for the duration of the game.

 

Rafa Paez

Spanish under-21 centre back Paez started and completed all 90 minutes for Serie B side Bologna on Saturday afternoon as they played out a 2-2 draw with Catania.

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