We round up how the loaned out members of Liverpool’s squad performed throughout the week for the temporary sides, with a mixed bag of fortunes for the eight loan men.
LFC Loan Watch Week 2
Liverpool’s talented teenager made his first start and played 90 minutes for Wolves in their 2-1 League Cup victory over Newport County last Tuesday – a game in which Ojo also claimed his first assist.
The 18-year-old turned in a good overall display with his strength and pace earning plaudits from the Molineux faithful, who watched on as Ojo set up the equalising goal after Wolves fell behind just six minutes in against the League Two outfit.
On free-kick duty on the night, Ojo saw his curling effort well saved before the ball eventually made its way back to him in the wide left area outside the box, where he sent in a teasing delivery which was tucked home by Nouha Dicko to put Wolves ahead.
With the score level, Kenny Jackett handed the youngster the final 15 minutes of the game as his side searched for a late winner, but after entering into a wide left role replacing James Henry and with time running out, Ojo understandably struggled to impose himself in the remaining minutes.
Lawrence Vigouroux, Kevin Stewart & Jordan Williams
After their impressive debut exploits last weekend, all three Reds loanees kept their place in Swindon’s XI for the visit of Exeter City in the League Cup first round last Tuesday.
It proved to be a less productive 90 minutes than the previous game in which the trio all played a vital part in the opening day victory over Bradford, with the only thing of note in the flat 2-1 loss coming with Kevin Stewart picking up a yellow card for preventing Exeter taking a quick free-kick.
Following a positive start to life at the County Ground, the trio all kept their shirts for Swindon’s trip to Bury on Saturday – an eventful fixture that ended in a 2-2 draw.
As Brendan Rodgers watched on at Gigg Lane with his son, Anton, also in action, Vigouroux gave away an early penalty after fouling Leon Clarke earning himself a booking, but the Bury striker stepped up and missed the spot-kick, hitting the post in a big let off for Reds ‘keeper.
Penalty error aside, Vigouroux claimed plaudits for the numerous saves he made to keep his side in the game, and he could do nothing about either of the goals conceded.
Williams and Stewart – who was replaced on the hour mark by Rodgers’ son who curled home a superb equalising free-kick – played in midfield but both endured quieter afternoons.
19-year-old centre back Jones completed his second 90 minutes of the season for Blackpool in their poor 3-0 League Cup defeat to League Two side Northampton.
The fact the Welsh defender – who suffered a head injury in the clash – played the full game was the only positive on a terrible night for Neil MacDonald’s Tangerines, in which they found themselves three goals down after just half an hour to a side a division below.
Despite featuring in a poor midweek display, Jones kept his place in the starting XI on Saturday for the visit of Rochdale, but he endured another miserable afternoon as Blackpool slumped to a 2-0 home defeat.
Positively, the defender played his third successive 90 minutes in the loss, but Jones was at fault for Dale’s match-sealing goal, when his missed header from a long goal-kick allowed Ian Henderson in to fire home and wrap up the game, leaving the youngster visibly annoyed.
Aberdeen’s loaned No.1 helped his side continue their strong start to the new season on Saturday, with the Dons coming from behind to claim an impressive 2-1 win at Motherwell.
Ward, making his ninth appearance of the season for his temporary club in the victory, was unlucky with the goal he conceded after five minutes – seeing his fine save from Lionel Ainsworth’s powerful strike fall at the feet of Marvin Johnson who fired home the rebound.
— Danny Ward (@dan_ward52) August 16, 2015
However, overall the Welsh stopper turned in another assured display between the sticks, dealing with what he had to decisively and positively on a largely quiet afternoon and he continues to impress at Pittodrie.[td_ad_box spot_id=“custom_ad_3″]
Luis Alberto’s Deportivo La Coruna played their final fixture in preparation for the new season on Wednesday night against Galicia Mugardos, and rounded off their pre-season schedule win a comfortable 4-0 win.
The Spaniard started on the bench for Victor Sanchez’s side against the third division outfit, but entered as a second half substitute in the 66th minute, coming on and taking up an attacking midfield role with the score at 3-0.
— RC Deportivo (@RCDeportivo) August 12, 2015
It would prove to be Alberto’s final 25 minutes of action of ahead of the new campaign, as Deportivo opted against a final friendly fixture over the weekend to instead concentrate on preparing for the season opener next Saturday against David Moyes’ Real Sociedad.
The Reds loaned defender also appears to have a job on his hands forcing his way into the side with right-back Stephen Whittaker registering on the score-sheet, and centre-back and Captain Russell Martin doing the same.