Liverpool’s loanees continued the positive form this week, providing three goals, two clean sheets and a number of impressive performances.
It’s fair to say this season is developing into one of the most rewarding of recent years for the loanees.
Plenty of game-time was handed out as only two Reds didn’t play—those being Ben Woodburn, who was disappointingly left out at Sheffield United, and Shamal George, who continues to play backup at Tranmere Rovers.
There was more good form among the 11 Reds who did feature and here’s the full lowdown on all the action.
Taiwo Awoniyi was back among the goals at KAA Gent…
The Nigerian finally came through an underwhelming by making a welcome return to the score-sheet with two goals.
After six games without a one, Awoniyi struck twice in Gent’s 4-2 cup win at second division Excelsior Virton, finding the net once in each half with a pair of well-taken headers.
Awoniyi opened the scoring on three minutes glancing nicely into the far corner, and he made it 3-2 a minute before full-time planting a bullet header past the ‘keeper.
The Nigerian was handed the chance to build a goal-scoring streak against Royal Antwerp on Sunday as he made successive starts.
But he failed to find the net in a 2-2 draw in which he missed a big chance in the final minute to snatch his side a 3-2 win.
Harry Wilson also scored as he shone at Derby…
It’s fair to say the Wales international is now showing his best form for Frank Lampard’s side after a slow start.
Wilson made himself a hero among Derby fans and Kopites as he silenced Old Trafford with an incredible 30-yard free-kick to make it 1-1, celebrated with a delightful ‘5 times’ gesture of course.
? A sensational finish from Harry Wilson to level things up!
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Not content with that, Wilson then got United ‘keeper Sergio Romero sent off for handball and also scored his spot-kick in an 8-7 shoot-out win on a memorable night.
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The winger was unable to repeat his Old Trafford heroics on the Championship return, as Derby produced a classic case of After-the-Lord-Mayor’s show with a 1-0 loss at Bolton on Saturday.
Wilson started one the left wing as usual but lacked influence before being subbed in the second-half.
Allan Rodrigues made an impressive full debut…
After making his Eintracht Frankfurt bow last weekend Allan finally enjoyed his first start for the Bundesliga club.
There was a moment of concern in midweek as the Brazilian was left out of a Bundesliga tie with Borussia Monchengladbach directly after his debut.
But it turned out his absence was for a positive reason, preserving him ahead of his first league start against Hannover on Sunday.
It went as positively as Allan will have hoped, with the youngster impressing in an advanced playmaking role in a midfield three which dominated the game in a thumping 4-1 win.
Having shown he can be relied upon on the big stage Allan will hope to earn a regular starting place going forward.
Eight more Reds enjoyed game time…
Two of those were in Europe and one was Loris Karius who continued his promising start at Besiktas.
The German tasted his first local derby on Monday and rose to the challenge with a solid display in a 1-1 draw at Fenerbahce, which he followed with a first clean sheet for the club in a 2-0 win over Kayserispor.
Sheyi Ojo was the other, featuring twice in Ligue 1 for Stade de Reims with one start and one sub appearance.
The start came in the biggest game of his career to date against PSG, and it was as tough as expected with a 4-1 loss in which he did more defensive work on the right flank than anything else.
Ojo dropped to the bench against Bordeaux on Saturday but was introduced for the final 20 minutes as Reims searched for a winner which never arrived as it ended 0-0.
There were six loanees in action on home soil.
The pair started and impressed as the Gers marched into the Scottish League Cup semi-finals with a 4-0 win over Ayr in midweek.
Ejaria made a second start in a shock 1-0 loss at Livingston on Sunday but produced a flat display, while Kent entered as a second-half sub and also couldn’t make the impact hoped for.
Adam Bogdan was in good form at Hibernian, keeping back-to-back clean sheets to make it three shut-outs in a row.
The first came against Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup quarter-final tie which Hibs lost 6-5 on penalties after a 0-0 draw, with Bogdan saving one spot-kick in the shoot-out.
And the second came on Saturday as Hibs’ battled to a 1-0 win at St Mirren.
Back in the Football League, Herbie Kane made his 12th start of the season in Doncaster’s midfield in a 3-2 in at Plymouth, which moved Rovers up to third in the League One table.
Finally, Corey Whelan had a busy but frustrating week at Crewe, completing back-to-back full games but in successive losses to Man City U23s and Harry Kewell’s Notts County – 4-1 and 2-1 defeats respectively.
Liverpool’s Loanees This Week
- Loris Karius (Besiktas) – 90 mins vs. Fenerbahce & Kayserispor, keeping one clean sheet
- Danny Ings (Southampton) – 90 mins vs. Wolves
- Sheyi Ojo (Reims) – 90 mins vs. PSG & 21 mins vs. Bordeaux
- Harry Wilson (Derby) – 59 mins & scored vs. Man United & 77 mins vs. Bolton
- Ryan Kent (Rangers) – 90 mins vs. Ayr & 45 mins vs. Livingston
- Ovie Ejaria (Rangers) – 90 mins vs. Ayr & Livingston
- Adam Bogdan (Hibernian) – 120 mins vs. Aberdeen & 90 mins keeping clean sheet vs. St Mirren
- Taiwo Awoniyi (Gent) – 90 mins & scored twice vs. Virton & 90 mins vs. Royal Antwerp
- Allan Rodrigues (Frankfurt) – Unused vs. Gladbach & 90 mins vs. Hannover
- Herbie Kane (Doncaster) – 90 mins vs. Plymouth
- Corey Whelan (Crewe) – 90 mins vs. Man City U21s & Notts County
- Shamal George (Tranmere) – Unused sub vs. MK Dons
- Ben Woodburn (Sheffield Utd) – Left out vs. Millwall
- Anderson Arroyo (Gent U21s) – To play Waasland on Monday night
- Marko Grujic (Hertha Berlin) – Injured
- Connor Randall (Rochdale) – Injured