LFC Loan Watch: Man-of-the-Match Ojo, Wisdom debut for Norwich, Ward inspires Aberdeen

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We take an extensive look at how Liverpool’s loaned players performed for their temporary clubs throughout the week and round-up all of the Reds loan transfer activity. 

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Sheyi Ojo

Continuing his positive start to life at Wolves, the highly rated youngster netted his first goal in senior football last week.

Ojo made his third start last Tuesday night against League Two side Barnet in the League Cup second round, and it proved to be a memorable occasion for the 18-year-old who was also named Man-of-the-Match.

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The 18-year-old posed a threat all night down the left, but it was from the right side that he opened his account for the season with a curling effort that found the far corner of the net as he cut inside on his favoured left foot.

After scoring what proved to be the match-winner, Ojo celebrated his fine form for Kenny Jackett’s side with a call up to England U19s squad for games against Germany and Croatia, along with Anfield teammate Jordan Rossiter.

A good week for the teenager continued on Saturday as he grabbed his second assist in as many games in Wolves’ 2-1 comeback win over Charlton.

The left-footer didn’t keep his shirt in Jackett’s starting line-up despite impressing again in midweek, but with his side trailing 1-0, the Wolves boss turned to the Reds’ attacker to help rescue the game, introducing him as a 62nd minute substitute.

It proved an inspired move, with the teenager making the impact hoped to help complete a fine turnaround – as Ojo set-up Adam Le Fondre’s match-winning tap-in five minutes from time with an excellent ball whipped hard and low across the face of goal that the experienced striker turned home.

 

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)

After playing only 71 minutes of U21 action since arriving at Carrow Road, Wisdom finally made his first team bow for the Canaries in midweek in their League Cup tie.

It would prove to be a good night for the loaned man in the 2-1 win at Rotherham, as he completed the full 90 minutes and impressed playing at right back, where he claimed an assist for Rickie Van Wolfswinkel’s match-sealing effort with a perfectly delivered cross  that the Dutchman poked home.

Despite impressing, Wisdom started on the bench for Norwich’s trip to Southampton on Sunday – which ended up with the defender playing his first Premier League action of the season in the 3-0 loss.

Entering into difficult circumstances with his side down to 10 men, the 22-year-old endured a mixed afternoon – impressing with his distribution and physicality, though also producing some questionable defending – including some poor marking which allowed Dusan Tadic to double Saints’ lead.

Wisdom’s introduction came as part of first choice right-back Stephen Whittaker’s dismissal, and with the Scottish international set to serve suspension, the Reds defender could be in line for increased action after the international break.

 

Lawrence Vigouroux, Jordan Williams & Kevin Stewart

The Reds young trio all enjoyed full 90 minutes for Swindon at the weekend in their League One clash against Sheffield United that ended in a 2-0 defeat.

Vigouroux could do nothing about either goal conceded, but he did make a fine save at 0-0, before making another at 2-0 down in a second half in which he was slightly fortunate to escape with only a booking after he rushed out of goal and fouled as last man.

Williams – who now joins up with the Wales squad for the international break – played at centre back for Mark Cooper’s side, where he also picked up a yellow card, while Stewart resumed a midfield role on his return to the starting XI.

Both outfield players endured quiet games on an afternoon to forget as they tasted defeat for the first time this season.

 

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)

Following a hugely positive start to life at Aberdeen, the Reds stopper received a thoroughly deserved call-up to the Wales senior squad.

The ‘keeper will be part of the Welsh set-up for Euro 2016 qualifying clashes against Cyprus and Israel, and Ward continued the fine form that has seen him rewarded with international recognition on Saturday.

He kept a third clean sheet in five league games in Aberdeen’s 2-0 win over Partick Thistle – a game in which the ‘keeper had little to do and a result which saw the Dons make it five wins from five.

Ward will now be joined by Reds teammate Ryan McLaughlin for the remainder of the season at Pittodrie, but paperwork wasn’t finalised in time for the defender to take part in the fifth straight win, meaning he will have to wait for his first Dons appearance.

 

Luis Alberto

Liverpool’s attacking midfielder was an unused substitute in Deportivo La Coruna’s opening goalless draw against Real Sociedad – a result which prompted Victor Sanchez to make changes to his XI.

One of those included instating Alberto into the side for his first action of the La Liga campaign in a tough encounter against Valencia that ended 1-1, and saw the Spaniard endure some bad luck on his first start.

Occupying the No.10 role, the former Malaga loanee impressed early on causing problems for the home side with his ability to find space alongside his desire to create in the final third.

But after a promising start, Alberto lasted only 29 minutes before having to be withdrawn through injury sustained by a late, desperate slide tackle on him as he was in on goal – which the club later confirmed was an ankle sprain that is likely to keep the 23-year-old side-lined for a number of weeks.

 

Mario Balotelli

On his return to Milan, the Italian striker watched on as an unused substitute as AC ran out 2-1 winners against Empoli on Saturday night at the San Siro.

Lloyd Jones

Jones was once again an unused substitute on Saturday for Blackpool, who suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of Walsall, which leaves the Tangerines winless and at the bottom of the League One table.

Harry Wilson

After joining League One side Crewe, Wilson was involved for his new club on Saturday in their narrow 1-0 loss to Wigan, but he remained an unused substitute for the 90 minutes.

 

Latest Loan Movers

Adding to the eight already out, eight more Reds – senior and junior – headed for temporary moves at home and abroad, with all information available here.

Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic travelled to Italy and Turkey and will ply their trade with AC Milan and Fenerbache respectively for the rest of the season.

U21 players Ryan McLaughlin and Samed Yesil agreed moves to Aberdeen and Swiss outfit FC Luzern, while younger prospects of the Melwood set-up Harry Wilson, Sergi Canos and Joe Maguire all departed to the Football League with Crewe, Brentford and Leyton Orient.

New recruit, Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi, completes Liverpool’s loaned list, securing an immediate move to FSV Frankfurt after signing for £400,000 from Imperial Academy.

Finally, Tiago Ilori joined Aston Villa on loan for the season on transfer deadline day, with the Midlands side having the option to sign the centre-back permanently next summer.

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