It was a disappointing weekend of action for Liverpool’s 17 loaned players, with only five of Jurgen Klopp‘s borrowed Reds actually playing for their respective clubs.
In a week of few positives for the loanees, Lazar Markovic was one as he continues to manage his comeback from injury, coming on as a late substitute for Fenerbache on Sunday in a 2-2 draw against Gaziantespspor.
The Serbian entered for the final four minutes of the stalemate as Vitor Pereira’s side searched for a last gasp winner, but with little time to make the telling difference, Markovic will be hoping to earn his place back in the team and recapture the form showed before the untimely set-back.
Andre Wisdom was another plus point as continued his good run of form for Norwich in the Premier League, but Tiago Ilori was once again left out of matchday involvement for Aston Villa’s trip to Southampton, with boss Remi Garde claiming the Portuguese defender is not ready to feature for the bottom-of-the-table outfit.
— Tiago Ilori (@TiagoIlori4) December 4, 2015
Sheyi Ojo’s period of struggle at Wolves continues, with the teenager dropped from matchday involvement altogether on Saturday against Rotherham by boss Kenny Jackett.
It was a surprising move – with the youngster not injured – and Ojo looks to have a real battle on his hands to force his way back into contention, with the man who has displaced him, Wolves home grown product, Jordan Graham, claiming assists for both goals in the 2-1 victory.
What a big win today V MK Dons ?? Let's enjoy it!!!!! Come on @BrentfordFC ??
— Sergi Canós Tenés (@sergicanos) December 5, 2015
There were better fortunes for Sergi Canos thankfully, with the Spaniard starting and playing 68 minutes of Brentford’s 2-0 Championship win over MK Dons.
An industrious performance from the teenager helped new manager Dean Smith start his reign in the best possible fashion, and Canos almost capped a good afternoon with a goal of his own, only to see his strike come back off the bar, before he was withdrawn through injury.
Danny Ward continues to impress in the Scottish Premier League, with the Wales international keeping a welcome clean sheet – his seventh in the SPL this season – in Aberdeen’s 2-0 win over Dundee on Saturday.
The Welshman has made a return to the level of form that made him an instant fans’ favourite at Pittodrie, making vital saves at big moments as he did late on in the second half at Dens Park, denying Dundee forward Kane Hemmings twice with two superb stops to ensure of a perfect afternoon.
However, Ward’s Liverpool teammate, Ryan McLaughlin was left out of the Dons’ squad completely for the win, with speculation mounting that the Northern Irishman is set to return to Liverpool due to a lack of game time north of the border.
There were no games this weekend for League One duo Lawrence Vigouroux and Ryan Kent as a result of Swindon and Coventry being knocked out of the FA Cup in the first round, while Harry Wilson has ended his frustrating loan spell at Crewe – where he made only three starts – and returned to Anfield.
Melwood product Will Marsh was not involved for Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship draw against Derby on Sunday, with the youngster instead playing 90 minutes for the Owls’ development squad in a 1-0 win over Coventry City Under-21s on Thursday afternoon.
In Switzerland, Samed Yesil was again an unused substitute for Markus Babbel’s Luzern who beat Young Boys 3-1 on Saturday night, while Taiwo Awoniyi’s spell at Frankfurt FSV continues to look a pointless exercise, with the striker left out of matchday involvement once more for the 1-0 victory over 1860 Munich.
Liverpool’s loaned players this weekend
Markovic – Fenerbache – Played four minutes vs. Gaziantespspor
Wisdom – Norwich – Played 90 mins vs. Watford
Ilori – Aston Villa – Left out of matchday squad
Ojo – Wolves – Left out of matchday squad
Canos – Brentford – Played 68 mins vs. MK Dons
Ward – Aberdeen – Played 90 mins vs. Dundee
Kent – Coventry – No fixture
Vigouroux – Swindon – No fixture
Marsh – Sheffield Wednesday – Played 90 mins vs. Coventry U21s
Yesil – Luzern – Unused sub vs. Young Boys
Awoniyi – Frankfurt FSV – Left out of matchday squad
Mario Balotelli, Luis Alberto, Jordan Williams, Kevin Stewart and Lloyd Jones all missed another week of action as they continue to be side-lined through injury.