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LEYLAND, ENGLAND - Wednesday, May 4, 2022: Liverpool's Jack Bearne (L) and Fidel O'Rourke (R) with the trophy after winning 1-0 in the Lancashire Senior Cup Final match between Burnley FC Under-23's and Liverpool FC Under-23's at the County Ground. (Pic by Sam Fielding/Propaganda)

Liverpool loan duo both chip the keeper as midfielder makes injury return

There were two outrageous finishes from Liverpool loanees over the weekend, while another youngster made his return after surgery in October.

Though Liverpool are not currently in action, instead taking in a training camp in Dubai, there are still a number of loanees involved with their clubs.

Over the weekend, that included a seventh appearance at Kidderminster Harriers for Jack Bearne, who was sent on just 12 minutes into a National League North trip to Alfreton Town.

It began well for the 21-year-old forward, who chased a kick from goalkeeper Tom Billson which went from one penalty area to the other, allowing it to bounce once before lifting it over the stranded George Willis.

But Alfreton Town, who went down to 10 men, were able to claw back for a 1-1 draw through Matt Rhead’s penalty, with Bearne playing 78 minutes.

Elsewhere, there was another goal for Fidel O’Rourke at Welsh side Caernarfon Town, bringing his tally to eight in 13 appearances on loan.

Like Bearne’s, it was a well-taken effort from the 20-year-old, who raced onto the ball and produced a Hernan Crespo-esque chip over the onrushing goalkeeper.

O’Rourke’s evening ended early, though, as he was withdrawn just 35 minutes into a 3-2 defeat to Newtown AFC.

Friday brought a second consecutive League One start for Owen Beck at Bolton, lining up on the opposite flank to fellow Liverpool loanee Conor Bradley in a clash with Bristol Rovers.

The Wales youth international played 73 minutes in a 1-1 draw in which he, according to the Manchester Evening News‘ John McDougall, “struggled at times” but showed “some bright sparks going forward.”

Bradley, a key player for Bolton, stayed on the full 90 minutes, and was praised as “one of the chief creators going forwards.”

2JRCDK4 Crawley Town's James Balagizi celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the Carabao Cup second round match at Broadfield Stadium, Crawley. Picture date: Tuesday 23rd August, 2022.

Having undergone surgery to repair a groin injury in October, James Balagizi made his first start back for Crawley Town as they beat Swindon 2-0.

The 19-year-old impressed as he played 53 minutes in the No. 10 role, in a game that saw him line up against former Liverpool team-mate Tom Clayton.

Also in League Two, Max Woltman made a second start for Doncaster, playing 79 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Walsall, with the Doncaster Free Press‘ Steve Jones writing that he was “handed a big chance to impress from the off and failed to take it.”

Finally, there was a start for Tyler Morton as Blackburn began their mid-season training camp in Marbella, playing 90 minutes in a 4-0 friendly win over Hearts.


Liverpool Loan Watch Roundup

SALFORD, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 30, 2022: Liverpool's Max Woltman (L) and goalkeeper Harvey Davies during the English Football League Trophy Northern Group D match between Salford City FC and Liverpool FC Under-21's at Moor Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Conor Bradley (Bolton) – 90 mins vs. Bristol Rovers
  • Owen Beck (Bolton) – 73 mins vs. Bristol Rovers
  • James Balagizi (Crawley) – 53 mins vs. Swindon
  • Max Woltman (Doncaster) – 79 mins vs. Walsall
  • Jack Bearne (Kidderminster Harriers) – 78 mins vs. Alfreton Town, goal
  • Fidel O’Rourke (Caernarfon Town) – 35 mins vs. Newtown, goal
  • Tyler Morton (Blackburn) – 90 mins vs. Aberdeen (friendly)

Injured: Marcelo Pitaluga, Vitezslav Jaros, Paul Glatzel
Unused: Anderson Arroyo, Adam Lewis
Not in action: Sepp van den Berg, Leighton Clarkson, Rhys Williams, Billy Koumetio, Jakub Ojrzynski