We round up the fortunes of Liverpool’s loanees at their temporary clubs this week, with another positive seven days for the borrowed men.
It was a good week for Liverpool’s Championship loanees but one of mixed fortunes for Adam Bogdan, who had an eventful two games for Wigan Athletic.
The Hungarian produced a mixed performance in the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City in midweek, going from zero to hero and back again in a matter of seconds.
Just before half-time, Bogdan rushed from goal and conceded a penalty with a late challenge, which he saved from Clayton Donaldson but only for the rebound to end up in his net, redeeming himself all too temporarily.
Bogdan kept his place for the trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, but endured another mixed display—conceding four times but again saving a penalty, in a chaotic 4-3 loss.
He made a number of stops throughout to prevent further damage, including a fine spot-kick save from ex-Everton striker, Apostolos Vellios—who Bogdan denied superbly at full stretch—but the stopper should have done better with a couple of the conceded efforts.
Ryan Kent enjoyed a productive two games at Barnsley, kicking off the week by collecting the Man of the Match award in his side’s dramatic 3-2 win over QPR on Tuesday.
The winger completed the full 90 minutes at right midfield, and though didn’t claim a goal or direct assist, was a constant threat and did play his part in the first of the night—with the Tykes scoring from a corner Kent earned after seeing his stinging shot pushed behind.
Very Happy To Receive MOTM Vs QPR / Another Good Performance And Result. Fans Were Excellent Again. ? pic.twitter.com/opKMB8M4QQ
— RyanKent (@ryankent) August 18, 2016
The Reds’ youngster followed that up with another bright 67-minute display on the right wing against Danny Ward‘s Huddersfield Town on Saturday, but should have marked it with a goal.
Kent squandered two chances, firstly missing a sitter, firing over the bar from close range at the back post, before then coming out second best in a one-one-one battle with Ward, who kept out a weak finish from his fellow Anfield loanee after a strong run.
In League One, Lloyd Jones made up for missed action through injury on Tuesday night, by also turning in a man-of-the-match display for Swindon Town against Port Vale on Saturday.
The centre-back returned to the Robins’ defence with a strong display that kept a clean sheet and ended Vale’s unbeaten start to the season—with Jones making a vital last-ditch block to deny the opposition with the score goalless.
Jones played a big part in Swindon’s second clean sheet of the season, labelled Town’s “stand-out” defender by local media on the day.
Back in the second tier, Ward also featured twice this week as Huddersfield continued their unbeaten start and rise to the top of the Championship table.
The Welshman kicked off with an assured display in a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa, making some good saves to keep his side in the game before Huddersfield grabbed a late equaliser in comical fashion—with Villa’s ‘keeper blasting the ball against his own player and into his own net.
Ward’s men backed up a solid away point with an excellent 2-1 home win over Barnsley on Saturday—though he didn’t enjoy his greatest afternoon.
Ward made a couple of good stops, including from Kent, but will be disappointed with his part in Barnsley’s goal—coming out to clear but getting nowhere near a long throw, from which the away side headed in.
Thankfully, this error counted for nothing with Ward’s side stealing a late winner.
In the third tier, Ryan Fulton enjoyed a good week individually despite his Chesterfield team suffering indifferent results.
The ‘keeper started with a perfect display on Tuesday, keeping a clean sheet as his side ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Walsall on a night that saw Fulton rarely called into action.
Saturday saw a more testing afternoon for the youngster, who conceded twice as the Spireites went down 2-1 at Shrewsbury Town—though Fulton was not at fault for either goal, seeing two free headers from close range find his net.
In League Two, in-form Jack Dunn enjoyed another positive week, helping Morecambe to six points despite not managing to find the net.
Dunn played an hour of a 2-0 win over Portsmouth on Tuesday, but before being withdrawn, still found time to make an impact—dragging two defenders away with a clever run which allowed Tom Barkhuizen space to drive into and fire home for 2-0.
Dunn continued up front on Saturday in his side’s 1-0 win over Yeovil Town, producing another lively 76-minute display despite not finding the net for the second game in a row—something of a drought by his recent standards.
He did nearly score a fine solo effort, dribbling with close control before seeing a stinging drive parried away, and he again played a part in the match-winner, involved in the move that teed-up Kevin Ellison to win the game and take Morecambe to the top of League Two.
Jon Flanagan was the only domestic loanee not to play first-team action, missing a second game for Burnley due to being unable to feature against Liverpool, which resulted in the full-back playing 90 minutes in the club’s U23s 2-1 win over Stoke City on Thursday.
And for the European loanees, Taiwo Awoniyi was left out of NEC Nijmegen’s squad for their 2-1 Eredivisie win over Heerenveen on Saturday, while Allan Rodrigues was an unused substitute in Hertha Berlin’s cup shoot-out success over Jahn Regensburg.
Liverpool’s Loaned Men This Week
- Jon Flanagan – Burnley – Ineligible to feature vs. Liverpool
- Danny Ward – Huddersfield Town – Played 90 mins vs. Aston Villa & Barnsley
- Ryan Kent – Barnsley – Played 90 mins, earning MOTM award, vs. QPR & 67 mins vs. Huddersfield
- Adam Bogdan – Wigan Athletic – Played 90 mins vs. Birmingham City & Nottingham Forest
- Ryan Fulton – Chesterfield – Played 90 mins, keeping clean sheet, vs. Walsall & 90 mins vs. Shrewsbury Town
- Lloyd Jones – Swindon Town – Injured vs. Gillingham but played 90 mins, earning MOTM award, vs. Port Vale
- Jack Dunn – Morecambe – Played 60 mins vs. Portsmouth & 76 mins vs. Yeovil Town
- Allan Rodrigues – Hertha Berlin – Unused sub vs. Jahn Regensburg
- Taiwo Awoniyi – NEC Nijmegen – Left out of matchday squad vs. Heerenveen