We take a look at how the loaned members of the Liverpool squad performed for their temporary clubs over the weekend.
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.
Lawrence Vigouroux, Jordan Williams & Kevin Stewart
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.
It was a fantastic start to the season at the County Ground for the three loanees.
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.
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.
Aberdeen responded to last week’s Europa League qualification disappointment in perfect style on Sunday.
69' 2-0 Connolly with a header from the free-kick but drifts harmlessly wide. Woke Danny ward up at least.
— ByTheMinute Aberdeen (@ByTheMinAFC) August 9, 2015
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.
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.
— RC Deportivo (@RCDeportivo) August 8, 2015
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.
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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