It was very much a week of more mixed action for the 18 Reds’ loanees, seven of which played for their temporary sides and 11 who were frustrated in their quest for extensive match action.
This week’s big plus was Andre Wisdom, who is finally enjoying a run of action for Norwich and completed a third consecutive 90 minutes in their 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Sunday.
Wisdom impressed at right back, turning in a solid defensive performance up against Alexis Sanchez and the free-roaming Gunners, and he provided a composed and reliable outlet when it was needed for Alex Neil’s side.
The Canaries should have taken the lead when the 21-year-old carved out an excellent chance for Wes Hoolahan to put Norwich 2-1 ahead, with the midfielder blazing over a perfectly weighted delivery that was put on a plate by Wisdom, who enjoyed a good afternoon at Carrow Road.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Tiago Ilori was again left out of match-day involvement by Aston Villa boss Remi Garde, who watched his side suffer a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Watford at Villa Park.
In the Championship, Sheyi Ojo started amongst the substitutes for Wolves on Saturday, but entered in the second half as Kenny Jackett turned to the teenager to make the difference in their goalless draw with MK Dons.
Ojo – who has endured a period of struggle in recent weeks – almost made the impact hoped after coming on to the left of midfield, with his teasing cross only needing an elusive touch to be diverted in on an afternoon of frustration at Molineaux.
— Rob Staton (@robstaton) November 26, 2015
Academy product, Will Marsh, who joined Sheffield Wednesday on a youth loan deal on Friday, was left out of the Owl’s squad for their 2-2 draw away at Blackburn, with the Reds youngster reported to be a signing for the club’s development squad.
Meanwhile, north of the border, Danny Ward, played 90 minutes and helped Aberdeen to a 3-1 win over Ross County on Saturday – a game in which the Welshman made big saves at big moments to ensure victory for Derek McInnes’ men.
— Mark Benstead (@markbenstead) November 28, 2015
Fellow Red Ryan McLaughlin – also at on loan at Pittodrie – was left out of the Dons’ squad altogether for the victory.
For the second week running, there was contrasting fortunes for the three loaned Reds in League One.
Lawrence Vigouroux enjoyed a much improved week of action for Swindon after shipping five goals last weekend, with the stopper turning in a great performance – including making one spectacular stop – to help the Robins claim a shock 2-1 win over promotion chasers, Walsall, on Tuesday.
The Chilean and his side built on their excellent result of midweek on Saturday, with Vigouroux keeping a clean sheet as Swindon romped to a 4-0 victory at Chesterfield – a result which saw Spireites manager and former Liverpool striker, Dean Saunders, sacked after the game.
Unbelievable save from Vigouroux to keep out the Spireites from close range. Top save. #STFC
— Swindon Town FC (@Official_STFC) November 28, 2015
The score-line suggests it was an easy afternoon for Vigouroux, but the ‘keeper still had to be at his best to ensure of three points, pulling off a couple of superb stops in the second half in particular, to deny the Spireites a way back into the contest.
Ryan Kent featured twice for Coventry – playing an injecting cameo role in the final 20 minutes of the Sky Blues’ 0-0 draw against Bradford at Valley Parade, where he made a real positive impact but couldn’t produce the match winning moment after coming on.
The youngster returned to the starting XI after a bright substitute appearance and played 90 minutes of the Sky Blues’ 2-2 draw against Doncaster, turning in a quieter display, but still posing a threat, on the left of City’s attack this time.
— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) November 28, 2015
In the first of two games this week, it was an evening of mixed emotions for Harry Wilson, who enjoyed a rare start for Crewe in their 3-2 win at Colchester on Tuesday, but was hauled off for a flat display after 56 minutes with Alex 2-0 down before the miraculous comeback.
The result saw Wilson dropped from back to the bench on Saturday for the visit of Oldham, and the Wales international spent the afternoon as an unused substitute as Crewe recorded back to back wins with a 1-0 victory.
Lazar Markovic was an unused substitute for a much changed Fenerbahce side for their 2-0 Europa League victory over Molde, and the Serbian will hope to return to the Fener starting XI on Monday night for their clash against Trabzonspor.
Meanwhile, Sergi Canos could feature in the Championship’s Monday night football clash between Brentford and Bolton, a game that the Spaniard will hope to come into the starting side for after scoring and producing an impressive cameo display last weekend.
Liverpool FC loaned players this week
- Wisdom – Norwich – Played 90 mins vs. Arsenal
- Markovic – Fenerbahce – Unused sub vs. Molde
- Ilori – Aston Villa – Left out of squad
- Ojo – Wolves – Played 25 mins vs. MK Dons
- Ward – Aberdeen – Played 90 mins vs. Ross County
- McLaughlin – Aberdeen – Left out of squad
- Marsh – Sheffield Wednesday – Left out of squad
- Kent – Coventry – Played 20 mins vs. Bradford & 90 mins vs. Doncaster
- Wilson – Crewe – Played 56 mins vs. Colchester & unused sub vs. Oldham
- Vigouroux – Swindon – Played 90 mins vs. Walsall & Chesterfield
- Yesil – Luzern – Unused sub vs. Basel
- Awoniyi – Frankfurt FSV – Left out of squad
Mario Balotelli, Luis Alberto, Jordan Williams, Kevin Stewart and Lloyd Jones all missed out on action again as they continue to be side-lined with their respective injuries.