Reds youngster Sergi Canos was in fine form for loan club Brentford on Saturday, with the Spaniard scoring a stunning strike from range in their 4-1 thrashing of MK Dons.
Canos has enjoyed a hugely productive loan at Griffin Park where he has shown his undoubted talent all season playing in the ferociously competitive Championship.
The attacking midfielder provided another eye-catching demonstration of his quality this weekend, netting a superb effort that set his side on the way to a convincing victory which relegated their opponents in the process.
Having fallen behind after just six minutes, the Bees were level only three minutes later thanks to a moment of magic from Liverpool’s 19-year-old prospect.
Helping orchestrate a move down the left, Canos picked up the loose ball after a poor cross just outside the corner of the area, where he controlled, opened his body shape and unleashed a delightful curler into the far corner of the net.
It was a great piece of individual brilliance from the Reds’ loaned man – with his technique and eye for goal particularly impressive – and one that settled Dean Smith’s team after an early set-back to romp to an emphatic comeback win.
The goal was the creative midfielder’s sixth this season and it capped off a good week for the youngster, who enjoyed an influential impact from the bench in Brentford’s 2-1 win over Cardiff in midweek which saw him rewarded with a start on Saturday.
Added to three assists posted in 36 appearances, Canos’ debut campaign in the professional game has certainly been a successful one, and he will hope that a strong season in a tough division earns him a place in Jurgen Klopp’s first team squad next year.
The Spanish midfielder’s contribution was the real positive in an otherwise quiet week of action for the rest of Liverpool’s loanees.
Strike duo Mario Balotelli and Taiwo Awoniyi were the only other Reds to be handed starts at their current clubs, with the Italian enduring an ineffective game against Carpi and the Nigerian producing a similarly unproductive 80 minute run-out in Frankfurt’s loss to Sandhausen.
Samed Yesil was the only other loanee to enjoy match action, as a late substitute for Luzern, with Allan Rodrigues an unused substitute and Football League duo Lloyd Jones and Ryan Fulton uninvolved for their respective clubs.
Andre Wisdom and Marko Grujic both had no game this weekend, with Norwich’s scheduled league match with Watford postponed due the Hornets’ FA Cup involvement, while Red Star Belgrade’s match was called off after a supporter was killed in fan violence.
Injury kept Luis Alberto out of Deportivo La Coruna’s fixtures – sparing him being part of the humiliating 8-0 loss to Barcelona on Wednesday night – while Lazar Markovic, Lawrence Vigouroux and Jordan Williams all still side-lined.