Grujic wins promotion & Ejaria scores as loan spells come to an end – Liverpool FC Loan Watch

Marko Grujic won promotion and Ovie Ejaria scored as loan spells begin to draw to a close for Liverpool’s loanees at home and abroad.

It was a week of mixed fortunes for the borrowed Reds and spells away from Anfield drew to a close for certain loanees.

Only eight Reds enjoyed game time with the remaining loanees being either dropped, injured or suspended in Naby Keita’s case.

Here’s the lowdown on this week’s action starting with a hectic final day in the Championship.


There was a huge final day in the Championship with highs and lows for the Reds involved…

Cardiff City's Marko Grujic celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match at Cardiff City Stadium (Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images)

The highlight of a dramatic final day in the second tier came for Grujic as Cardiff finalised automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The Serbian didn’t feature in the goalless draw at Reading which sealed it—an unused sub on the day—but he certainly played his part during his time in south Wales.


Grujic played 13 times for the Bluebirds and enjoyed a superb 12-game unbeaten league run, which proved crucial to giving Cardiff control of the race for second place which they won to reach the top flight.

Ovie Ejaria also provided a positive as he signed off a tough spell at relegated Sunderland with a moment to remember—scoring his first senior goal in a 3-0 win over champions Wolves.

The creative midfielder opened the scoring and his Sunderland account as he converted on the rebound from close range after a shot was parried.

It brought a nice end to what will have been an eye-opening experience at the Stadium of Light for Ejaria, who made 11 appearances in a mixed spell on Wearside.

However Harry Wilson was denied the perfect ending at Hull, who closed off with a 1-1 draw at Brentford to finish 18th in the table.

NANNING, CHINA - Thursday, March 22, 2018: Wales' Harry Wilson during the opening match of the 2018 Gree China Cup International Football Championship between China and Wales at the Guangxi Sports Centre. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Wales international saw a second-half penalty saved, denying him the chance to end his time at the KCOM Stadium on a fitting note as the match-winner.

While Wilson didn’t sign off as the hero—unlike so many games this season—his spell was a roaring success as he scored seven goals and claimed four assists in 14 appearances.

Hull boss Nigel Adkins has already made no secret that he would love Wilson back next season—but his fine form may have persuaded Jurgen Klopp to introduce him into the first-team fold at Anfield.

Three Reds were uninvolved on the final day as two disappointing spells came to end.

Jon Flanagan was left out as Bolton claimed a dramatic 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest to miraculously escape relegation to League One.

His time at the Macron Stadium was uninspiring though, with Flanagan making just eight appearances.

Bristol City's Ryan Kent

It was a similar story for Ryan Kent whose unrewarding spell at Bristol City ended without involvement for the sixth game running.

Kent made 11 appearances at Ashton Gate—playing only three full games—and posted two assists.

Finally, Sheyi Ojo was left out of Fulham’s 2-0 loss at Birmingham—a result that consigned the Cottagers to the play-offs.

He will now hope to feature in the promotion push, starting in upcoming semi-final ties against Derby.


The season came to end for two more Reds…

Pedro Chirivella of Willem II during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Willem II Tilburg and ADO Den Haag at Koning Willem II stadium on September 09, 2017 in Tilburg, The Netherlands

Pedro Chirivella’s productive campaign at Willem II ended on a fitting note—with another full outing in a 2-2 draw against Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.

Chirivella played a key role in helping Willem to a safe 13th-placed finish as he established himself as a vital cog in the midfield.

That Chirivella started 30 of 34 Eredivisie games highlighted his importance, and he made 35 outings in total, posting four assists.

Corey Whelan returned to the fold at Yeovil for the final game and finished with a solid performance in a 1-1 draw at Lincoln.

After joining in January the full-back played 11 times for the League Two side—with his highlight undoubtedly scoring his first professional goal.


Four more Reds were in action…

Wolfsburg's Divock Origi during the Bundesliga soccer match VfL Wolfsburg vs Hertha BSC in the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg, Germany, 5 November 2017. - NO WIRE SERVICE ? Photo: Thomas Eisenhuth/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB

After making a bright return to Wolfsburg’s lineup Divock Origi kept his place against a Naby Keita-less RB Leipzig on Saturday.

The Belgian was again in better form with a lively display as he fired five shots at goal with three on target—but his efforts proved in vain as his side slumped to a miserable 4-1 loss.

Also in Europe, Lazar Markovic was back in Anderlecht’s starting XI on Sunday and helped secure a 2-1 win over Club Brugge.

The Serbian has impressed in a No. 10 role in his few outings for the club but was deployed at left wing-back where he still managed a decent performance.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 31, 2018: West Bromwich Albion's Daniel Sturridge during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and West Bromwich Albion FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On home soil, Daniel Sturridge played the final 15 minutes as West Brom kept alive hopes of pulling off the great escape with a shock 1-0 win over Tottenham.

And finally, Matty Virtue continued his positive run as Notts County completed the regular League Two season with a goalless draw against already-promoted Luton.

The hard work doesn’t stop just yet for Virtue, who will now try to help County earn promotion through the play-offs—starting with a semi-final tie against Coventry.

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Sunderland's Ovie Ejaria (Mark Kerton/EMPICS Sport)

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