Liverpool Loan Watch: Ojo makes debut, Ward claiming plaudits & Swindon trio impress

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We take a look at how the loaned members of the Liverpool squad performed for their temporary clubs over the weekend.

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Sheyi Ojo

Kicking off a weekend of involvement for the loaned players, Ojo made his Wolves debut on Saturday, coming off the bench after 84 minutes of their 2-1 win away to Blackburn Rovers.

The 18-year-old – who has immediately made an impression on the Molineux faithful – came on in place of striker Nouha Dicko, taking up a wide-left role, with the Championship side ahead and looking to see the game out.

Ojo was lively on arrival, and despite the short amount of time remaining, picked up a harsh booking in the seventh minute of added time for diving when it instead appeared that he was actually fouled in the box.

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After receiving a taster of action at Ewood Park, Ojo could make his first start for the club on Tuesday night in Wolves’ League Cup fixture at home to League Two side Newport County.

 

Lawrence Vigouroux, Jordan Williams & Kevin Stewart

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It was an impressive weekend of action for Liverpool’s young trio who each played a key part in Swindon Town’s comprehensive 4-1 opening day victory against Bradford City.

Bradford took the lead early on, and only a superb penalty save from Vigouroux prevented the Bantams doubling their advantage at a crucial time, with the 6’4″ stopper diving at full stretch to his right to keep the score at only 1-0.

It proved a vital moment in the fixture with Mark Cooper’s side then romping to victory in spectacular style with four second-half goals – two of which were assisted by the Reds’ outfield duo.

Williams set up hat-trick hero Nathan Byrne’s equaliser with an intelligent ball wide that was finished well.

Stewart then produced the good work for the goal that put the Robins ahead, with a superb driving run and perfectly timed pass to Byrne’s overlap which he again slotted home.

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It was a fantastic start to the season at the County Ground for the three loanees.

 

Lloyd Jones

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, November 4, 2014: Liverpool's Lloyd Jones during a training session at Melwood Training Grounds ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Centre back Jones made his competitive debut for now-League One side Blackpool in their opening-day 2-2 draw with Colchester United.

The Welsh defender played the full 90 minutes at the heart of the Tangerines’ back line and was one of eight debutants for Neil MacDonald’s side.

Jones, along with the rest of his team-mates, will be disappointed to have surrendered the lead twice at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, but an overall solid debut provides optimism for the season ahead.

There was little the England Under-20 international could do about either of the goals conceded, and Jones will be hopeful of keeping his place for the upcoming league and cup fixtures against Northampton Town and Rochdale.

 

Danny Ward

CHARLOTTE, USA - Friday, August 1, 2014: Liverpool's goalkeeper Danny Ward during a training session at the Bank of America Stadium on day twelve of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Danny Ward’s Aberdeen side endured midweek disappointment after narrowly missing out on Europa League qualification.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Thursday’s 1-1 draw wasn’t enough for the Scottish side to complete the turnaround, but the Reds-loaned ‘keeper continues to impress having received public plaudits all quarters at Pittodrie.

Ward has already earned praise from Dons boss Derek McInnes, with team-mates too heaping praise on the 21-year-old.

Former Manchester City midfielder Willo Flood revealed Ward as the “best I’ve played with” and hailed his signing as “a shrewd piece of business.”

Aberdeen responded to last week’s Europa League qualification disappointment in perfect style on Sunday.

The Liverpool stopper – first choice at his loan club – played the full game and kept a clean sheet on a quiet afternoon in their comfortable 2-0 win over Kilmarnock, as he continues to impress in the early stages of his season-long loan.

 

Luis Alberto

OSLO, NORWAY - Wednesday, August 7, 2013: Liverpool's Luis Alberto in action against Valerenga during a preseason friendly match at the Ullevaal Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Liga season is yet to get underway, but Luis Alberto and his Deportivo La Coruna side continued their preparations for the new season.

After returning home from a brief UK tour, Deportivo played twice this week, taking on Real Oviedo first on Wednesday night – a game which saw Alberto feature for the second 45 minutes of the 2-1 friendly defeat.

However, Saturday saw Victor Sanchez’s team record their first win of their pre-season schedule against Portuguese side Braga, with the attacking midfielder this time starting in the No. 10 role behind striker Oriol Riera.

Alberto played the first 45 minutes, and impressed in the fixture which Deportivo won 1-0.

With the season less than two weeks away, the Reds loanee will be hopeful of a starting shirt for the season opener against David Moyes’ Real Sociedad.

 

Andre Wisdom

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 20, 2012: Liverpool's Andre Wisdom in action against Reading during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds-loaned defender watched on as an unused substitute for Norwich City, as the Canaries slumped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace at Carrow Road on their Premier League return.

Wisdom will be hopeful of coming into Alex Neil’s side next weekend at Sunderland having seen the Canaries’ defence ship three goals.

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