Liverpool midfielder Leighton Clarkson turned in a Man of the Match performance with a goal and assist on loan at Aberdeen this weekend.
Clarkson has found himself in a key role in Scotland, after a disappointing loan spell with Blackburn last season, with the 21-year-old a regular starter in the Aberdeen midfield.
A two-match suspension for violent conduct curtailed his progress at the end of September, but he is now thriving in a more advanced position supporting the attack.
That led to a standout display in Friday’s clash with Hibernian, with Clarkson setting up one and scoring another to earn Man of the Match in a 4-1 triumph.
His goal – Aberdeen’s fourth – was an impressive, improvised backheel after taking a touch away from danger in the six-yard box:
? Goal, assist and Man of the Match for Leighton Clarkson as Aberdeen thrashed Hibs 4-1 on Friday night.
What a goal, too! ? pic.twitter.com/Lnh91g3A95
— Jack Lusby (@LusbyJack) November 5, 2022
Clarkson now has four goals and two assists in just 12 appearances for Aberdeen so far, averaging a direct goal contribution every 133 minutes.
In some ways his successor in the Liverpool academy ranks, Tyler Morton also produced a star turn this weekend as he helped Blackburn to a 1-0 win over Huddersfield.
The 20-year-old made more key passes than any other player, with three, while LancsLive‘s Elliott Jackson gave him an eight-out-of-10 rating, describing him as “the beating heart of this side both in and out of possession.”
Bradley started and played the full 90 minutes, while Beck came off the bench late on, in a game that saw ex-Liverpool midfielder Adam Phillips score a thumping goal for the opposition.
Adam Lewis fared better as Newport County beat Colchester 2-0 to progress to the next round, but Max Woltman was a substitute as League Two side Doncaster lost 1-0 to non-league King’s Lynn.
 HARRIERS 1-2 Darlington
— Kidderminster Harriers ? (@khfcofficial) November 5, 2022
On a more positive note, Jack Bearne came off the bench to score his first-ever senior goal, though it came in Kidderminster Harriers’ 2-1 loss to Darlington.
Liverpool Loan Watch Roundup
- Tyler Morton (Blackburn) – 90 mins vs. Huddersfield
- Leighton Clarkson (Aberdeen) – 90 mins vs. Hibernian – goal, assist
- Conor Bradley (Bolton) – 90 mins vs. Barnsley
- Owen Beck (Bolton) – 15 mins vs. Barnsley
- Marcelo Pitaluga (Macclesfield) – 90 mins vs. Skelmersdale, clean sheet
- Jack Bearne (Kidderminster) – 31 mins vs. Darlington, goal
- Adam Lewis (Newport County) – 59 mins vs. Colchester
- Fidel O’Rourke (Caernarfon Town) – 90 mins vs. Penybont
- Max Woltman (Doncaster) – 8 mins vs. King’s Lynn
- Anderson Arroyo (Alaves) – 13 mins. Zaragoza