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LFC Loan Watch: Kent makes crucial impact, Vigouroux makes howler & Markovic injured again

We take a look at how Liverpool’s loaned men performed for their temporary clubs throughout the week’s fixtures with a disappointing amount of action for the loanees.

 

Ryan Kent

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - Sunday, July 19, 2015: Liverpool's Ryan Kent during a training session at Coopers Stadium ahead of a preseason friendly match against Adelaide United on day seven of the club's preseason tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Youngster Kent started on the bench for Coventry against Peterborough on Saturday, but helped his side battle back to a 3-2 win making a positive impact as second half substitute.

With the Sky Blues trailing 2-0 at half time, Tony Mowbray introduced the Reds loaned man in a double substitution, and in a blistering second half performance from City, Kent helped his side complete a superb turnaround.

Kent entered into attacking midfield where he didn’t directly claim a goal or assist for himself, but did make a hugely positive impact on proceedings, with his pace, skill and creativity instantly making a big difference to the attack, who benefitted from his work with three goals to show from an excellent second 45 minutes.

 

Danny Ward & Ryan McLaughlin

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 played 90 minutes in Aberdeen’s 3-1 defeat at Celtic on Saturday as he continues as the Dons’ No.1.

Despite the Pittodrie side’s drop in form which has seen them lose four of their last five matches and fall to third in the SPL table behind Celtic and Hearts, Ward continues to impress and he did so again despite the loss at Celtic Park.

The Wales ‘keeper could do nothing about the three well placed finishes he conceded, and he again showcased his excellent shot-stopping ability, making some good saves to keep the score-line respectable, but one outstanding stop in particular to deny Leigh Griffiths when left one-on-one.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, September 23, 2013: Liverpool's Ryan McLaughlin in action against Manchester City during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at Ewen Fields. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Continuing a familiar theme, Ward’s Reds teammate McLaughlin again watched the 90 minutes as an unused substitute for Derek McInnes’ side as his match action remains limited.

 

Lawrence Vigouroux, Jordan Williams & Kevin Stewart

Lawrence Vigouroux

With Williams and Stewart still injured, Vigouroux was the only Red to feature for Swindon on Saturday in their 1-0 loss against Wigan, and Robins’ No.1 endured a mixed afternoon.

The Chilean ‘keeper made some decent saves – including an outstanding point-blank stop to deny Wigan a late winner with only a minute left to play – but what looked to be a good afternoon turned into a disaster just moments later.

After being booked for timewasting, Vigouroux spilled a floated cross he came to collect dropping the ball on the edge of his six yard box, which Wigan striker Junior knocked home in the dying seconds to punish the Reds’ ‘keeper’s error and condemn the manager-less County Ground outfit to a fifth loss in six matches.

 

Lazar Markovic

At a time when he was regaining positive form after a three week lay-off with injury, Markovic suffered another unwelcome set-back last Thursday night.

After starting in the role he has made his own on the right of Fener’s attack, the Serbian was forced off injured after just 29 minutes of  their 1-0 win over Osmanlispor which is set to side-line him for their Europa League clash with Ajax on Thursday, and could possibly see him out for a month.

 

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)

After a positive start to his loan spell at Deportivo La Coruna, Alberto has frustratingly found himself on the bench in recent games.

The Spaniard again started amongst the substitutes on Friday night for their clash against Atletico Madrid, but he entered to play the final 20 minutes of the 1-1 draw.

Alberto was introduced with his side 1-0 down, and though he didn’t make a direct contribution to Lucas Perez’s equaliser – he helped his side battle back to claim a good point against Diego Simeone’s side, something that will hopefully see him reclaim his place back in the starting XI.

 

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)

Wisdom made a welcome return to action on Tuesday night, playing 90 minutes for Norwich in their penalty shoot-out defeat to Everton in the League Cup.

The defender played at right-back for the Canaries, and turned in a solid defensive display for the duration he was on before being replaced at the end of normal time – due to picking up a knee injury – by first choice full back, Stephen Whittaker.

After a decent performance in midweek, the knee injury sustained frustratingly ruled Wisdom out of the Canaries match-day squad completely for their 2-1 loss at Man City – a game that saw centre back Russell Martin sent off which could open a place for the Reds loanee to come back into the side.

 

The Rest

 

Mario Balotelli

CHARLOTTE, USA - Saturday, August 2, 2014: AC Milan's Mario Balotelli in action against Liverpool during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Bank of America Stadium on day thirteen of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s Italian striker missed both of AC Milan’s games this week – a 1-0 victory against Chievo on Wednesday night, and their 3-1 win at Lazio on Sunday evening – due to the on-going injury the continues to keep him out of action at the San Siro.

Semed Yesil

Despite claiming an excellent assist last weekend, German striker Yesil started on the bench and played only the final 15 minutes for Luzern as they slumped to a 1-0 loss against St Gallen on Sunday night.

With his side chasing the game, Markus Babbel introduced the poacher as he searched for a way back, but the 21-year-old couldn’t produce the rescue act needed to grab a point with such little time to make an impact.

Tiago Ilori

The wait for first team action at Aston Villa continued for Ilori in midweek, as he was left out of the Villains’ 2-1 League Cup defeat against Southampton.

The Portuguese defender will hope the sacking of Tim Sherwood and reportedly imminent appointment of Remi Garde increases his chances of match action over the coming weeks at Villa Park.

Sergi Canos

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Monday, February 16, 2015: Liverpool's Sergi Canos in action against Sunderland during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at the Kirkby Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Spanish midfielder Canos has been in good form at Griffin Park, but he was disappointingly an unused substitute for Brentford on Friday night, as they ran out 1-0 winners in a local derby clash against Queens Park Rangers.

Lloyd Jones

Jones continues to be out of action for Blackpool – missing their 4-3 defeat at Bury on Saturday – as he steps up his rehabilitation after undergoing double surgery on a bad knee injury sustained four weeks ago.

Harry Wilson

After two games of increased action, Wales international Wilson was back to the bench where he watched on as an unused substitute for Crewe, who battled to an impressive 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday.

Taiwo Awoniyi

Nigerian U21 international Awoniyi continues his wait for competitive first team action at FSV Frankfurt, as he was again an unused substitute in their 1-1 draw against Paderborn on Saturday afternoon.

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