Karius’ derby joy & Grabara’s rare triumph on quiet weekend – Liverpool FC Loan Watch

A depleted schedule, injuries and selection decisions made for a subdued weekend for Liverpool’s loanees—but the two goalkeepers impressed.

Jurgen Klopp’s borrowed men have impressed so far this season, with this latest batch of loanees delivering far more consistent displays and big moments than recent years.

The flying form has slowed slightly in recent weeks and that trend continued over the weekend, with this the least rewarding period of the season so far.

That wasn’t all down to the loaned Reds though, as only seven of 13 loanees played.

Ovie Ejaria and Rhys Williams had a weekend of no football as Reading and Kidderminster both saw their games postponed.

Taiwo Awoniyi and Nat Phillips both sat on the bench—at Mainz and Stuttgart respectively—while Anderson Arroyo‘s wait for his first matchday involvement at Mlada Boleslav goes on.

An ill-timed ankle injury saw Ben Woodburn miss another game at Oxford United—the setback frustratingly arriving at a time the Welshman was excelling with the League One club.

Despite that, the form of those who did feature still didn’t hit the heights that we’ve come to expect—the two loaned ‘keeper’s aside.

Goalkeeper Loris Karius of Besiktas during the Turkish Superlig Match between Bursaspor and Besiktas at Buyuksehir Belediye Stadium in Bursa , Turkey on September 02 , 2018 (Seskimphoto/Imago/PA Images)

Indeed, the biggest positive came with Loris Karius, who continued his upturn in form at Besiktas.

The German kept a third clean sheet in four games, and this was the most important as it earned his side an Istanbul derby success with a 1-0 victory over rivals Galatasaray on Sunday.

Karius had a surprisingly trouble-free afternoon; rarely called into action until late on as Galatasaray pushed for an equaliser.

But he did what he had to with minimum fuss and an air of confidence; clearly benefitting from the improvement.

The positive form from the goalkeeper’s union continued with Kamil Grabara.

Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Kamil Grabara (Tim Goode/EMPICS Sport)

After missing Huddersfield’s midweek trip to Middlesbrough through illness, the Polish ‘keeper was back between the sticks on Saturday.

It was a huge match for Grabara to return in: a relegation six-pointer against Yorkshire rivals and bottom-of-the-table Barnsley.

Victory was essential on home turf, and Grabara helped his team earn it with a solid display as the Terriers claimed a 2-1 win to rise out of the drop zone.

The subdued spell was perhaps best epitomised by Marko Grujic‘s surprisingly ineffective outing for Hertha Berlin.

Marko grujic (PA Images)

The Serbian played only the first 45 minutes of the Bundesliga side’s 3-2 loss to Hoffenheim, being withdrawn at half-time as his side trailed 2-0.

Harry Wilson was similarly out-of-sorts, producing an uneventful half-hour substitute appearance in Bournemouth’s goalless draw at Watford.

Elsewhere, Liam Millar was back in Kilmarnock’s starting XI against St Mirren, but was withdrawn early before Killie earned a late 1-0 win.

Sheyi Ojo of Rangers during the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto)

Sheyi Ojo was restricted to two sub outings at Rangers—the first in the Europa League draw at Porto and the second in a 2-1 win over Motherwell on Sunday.

Finally, Allan Rodrigues continues to be a key component in Fluminense’s midfield and he made his 27th appearance of the season in a 1-1 draw again Chapecoense.

Liverpool’s Loanees This Weekend

Harry Wilson of Bournemouth during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Picture date: 31st August 2019. Picture credit should read: Harry Marshall/Sportimage via PA Images

  • Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) – 30 mins vs. Watford
  • Kamil Grabara (Huddersfield) – 90 mins vs. Barnsley
  • Liam Millar (Kilmarnock) – 68 mins vs. St Mirren
  • Marko Grujic (Hertha Berlin) – 45 mins vs. Hoffenheim
  • Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) – 25 mins vs. Motherwell
  • Allan Rodrigues (Fluminense) – 90 mins vs. Chapecoense
  • Loris Karius (Besiktas) – 90 mins vs. Galatasaray, clean sheet

Injured: Ben Woodburn
Not in action: Taiwo Awoniyi, Ovie Ejaria, Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams, Anderson Arroyo