Ryan Kent was the big positive of the loaned men this week, with the teenage winger continuing his positive start to life at Barnsley by notching his first goal for the club.
— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) August 27, 2016
Lining up in the right-midfield role he is making his own through his bright performances, Kent started and played the full 90 minutes of his side’s 4-0 thrashing of Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United, turning in a fine display in an excellent team showing.
And it was the Reds loanee who rounded off a fantastic afternoon against a club that reportedly wanted to sign him this summer, adding a deserved gloss to the scoreline by netting an excellent fourth goal—finishing off a move he started.
Picking up a loose ball on the halfway line, Kent drove into the visitors’ half, exchanged a neat one-two with Connor Hourihane before sending a fine curling effort into the top-right corner of the net to delight the Oakwell faithful.
It was also a positive afternoon for Danny Ward in the Championship, with the goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet in Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Reds stopper made some important saves as his side came under pressure in the second period in which the away side hit Ward’s post, but one outstanding one-handed stop from a Wolves header truly proved a match-winner.
It prompted manager David Wagner to express his delight to Ward with a Klopp-like embrace after the game, with the Welshman’s display crucial to the Terriers staying top of the league at this early stage.
In the Football League’s third tier, young left-back Sam Hart, who joined Port Vale on a season-long loan during the week, enjoyed a memorable weekend as he made his professional debut in Vale’s 3-1 win over Scunthorpe on Saturday.
The Reds’ loanee entered late on for the final seven minutes of the clash, coming on at left midfield with his side 2-1 up, and though he naturally had little time to make an impact, he was on the pitch when Vale scored their third goal to seal the win and help see the game out.
Liverpool’s solitary Premier League loanee, Jon Flanagan, made his much-anticipated debut for Burnley this week, kicking off his Turf Moor spell playing in the Clarets’ League Cup tie with Accrington Stanley.
Wearing the No. 4 shirt at left-back, Flanagan played the full 120 minutes of his side’s shock exit to the League Two side, which you can read more about here.
Back in the Championship, Wigan Athletic No. 1 Adam Bogdan featured as the Latics went down 1-0 to promotion hopefuls QPR on Saturday.
The Hungarian had a relatively quiet afternoon in a tight game at the DW Stadium, but made a fantastic one-handed stop in the first half, though he was powerless to prevent Nedum Onhuoa’s powerful strike finding his net from inside the box.
Ryan Fulton continued as Chesterfield’s No. 1 this weekend, but conceded three first-half goals as his side went down 3-1 at home to Millwall.
The Scottish under-21 international endured a testing afternoon for Danny Wilson’s side, unable to do much about any of the goals—though he may feel he could have done more to prevent the third conceded, getting himself into a poor position and being easily lobbed as a result.
Also in League One, Lloyd Jones enjoyed one of the more bizarre afternoons of his short career to date at Swindon Town this weekend.
Keeping his place in the Robins’ lineup, Jones had played 60 minutes of an even clash that was disrupted by adverse weather—namely monsoon-like rain in Wiltshire—which eventually forced the referee to abandon the game with the score goalless after an hour of play.
Dunn started up front at the Globe Arena and played 80 minutes of the clash which his side lost 2-1 to exit the competition, and he turned in a hardworking display which nearly saw him fire a late equaliser as his side trailed, but his powerful strike crept just the wrong side of the post.
The young striker enjoyed another productive runout on Saturday, playing 75 minutes in Morecambe’s comeback victory against Accrington Stanley this weekend.
Dunn didn’t register a direct contribution as his team fought from 2-0 down to win 3-2, but played his part in a dominant second-half display, before being withdrawn with 15 minutes remaining.
It was a weekend of frustration for Liverpool’s European-based loanees.
Allan Rodrigues de Souza was an unused substitute in Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 in over Freiburg on Sunday afternoon, while Taiwo Awoniyi was again absent from NEC Nijmegen’s matchday squad all together for their 2-0 loss against AZ Alkmaar on Sunday, with the Nigerian still without a work permit.
Liverpool’s Loanees in Action
- Flanagan – Burnley – Played 120 mins vs. Morecambe
- Ward – Huddersfield – Played 90 mins, keeping clean sheet vs. Wolves
- Kent – Barnsley – Played 90 mins and scored vs. Rotherham
- Bogdan – Wigan – Played 90 mins vs. QPR
- Fulton – Chesterfield – Played 90 mins vs. Millwall
- Hart – Port Vale – Played seven mins vs. Scunthorpe
- Jones – Swindon – Played 60 mins of abandoned game vs. Bristol Rovers
- Dunn – Morecambe – Played 80 mins vs. Bournemouth & 75 mins vs. Accrington Stanley
- Allan – Hertha Berlin – Unused substitute vs. Frieburg
- Awoniyi – NEC Nijmegen – Left out of matchday squad