Liverpool Loan Watch: Unused subs and disappointing defeats all round

1 December 2014

We round up how Liverpool’s multitude of loaned out players have got on with their respective clubs this weekend.


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)

Belgium striker Origi was left out of the Lille squad for their crunch Europa League tie against Russian side Krasnodar on Thursday night by manager Rene Girard – a move which took many by surprise leading to increased speculation over a premature move to Anfield – as he opted to start with Nolan Roux and Michael Frey in attack.

The striker returned to the starting XI on Sunday afternoon however, for Lille’s defeat against Tiago Ilori’s Bordeaux – a fifth straight away loss in Ligue 1. Origi started in a two man attack alongside Roux, and played 81 minutes of the game before being replaced as Girard attempted to spark a late comeback on a frustrating afternoon.

Jordon Ibe

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)

Highly rated teenager Ibe started for Derby in their 2-0 defeat against Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon – a game in which the Liverpool loanee produced a rare quiet performance for his table topping side.

The former Wycombe man began the match on the left side of a three man attack for Steve McClaren’s side, but struggled to make any impact in a tough game before being replaced as part of a triple substitution in the 66th minute as Rams’ boss McClaren sought to change the game with his side trailing.

Andre Wisdom

Wisdom continued his impressive run of games for loan side West Brom as he once more claimed the right-back slot in their narrow 1-0 home loss against Arsenal in Saturday’s early kick-off, but he didn’t produce the strongest performance of his career.

Beginning at the right side of the Baggies defence, Arsenal took the lead on the hour mark when Santi Cazorla proved too tricky for the Liverpool loaned man – dribbling past him and crossing for Danny Welbeck to head home – before he made the standard switch to the left in the second half, when Christian Gamboa entered the action replacing left back Sebastian Pocognoli with 15 minutes left to play.

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)

Spanish front man Aspas received just his third start of the season for Sevilla in all competitions on Thursday night, as he played 60 minutes in their disappointing 2-0 defeat against Feyenoord in the Europa League.

The Reds loanee played just behind former rumoured Liverpool transfer target Kevin Gameiro and enjoyed a largely unproductive night – failing to register a single shot on goal – before being substituted as Unai Emrey made changes to his side on the hour mark with his side trailing 1-0.

After starting in midweek, Aspas dropped back to the bench on Sunday afternoon however, as his loan side ran out convincing winners recording an impressive 5-1 victory over Granada.

Tiago Ilori

After a prolonged spell on the sidelines with injury Liverpool’s Portuguese loan centre back made a return to the match-day squad on Sunday afternoon in Bordeaux’s 1-0 win over Origi’s Lille but he was an unused substitute on his return.

Sebastian Coates

Uruguyan central defender Coates was named amongst the Sunderland substitutes for the second game running in their goalless draw against Chelsea in the Saturday evening game, but he remained on the bench for the duration.

Luis Alberto

Spanish midfielder Alberto was an unused substitute for Javi Gracia’s Malaga in their 2-1 home defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday evening.

Oussama Assaidi

Moroccan winger Assaidi was unable to feature for Stoke in their 1-0 defeat at Anfield on Saturday due to being ineligible to play against his parent club.

Rafa Paez

Under-21 defender Paez was an unused substitute for Bologna in their 2-0 Serie B victory over Bari on Sunday morning.

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