LFC Loan Watch
Premier League football was back with a bang this weekend as the Reds put to bed any fears of International Break fatigue with a comfortable 3-0 win over Watford.
But that’s enough about them. The loanees also returned to action, hoping to follow the example set by Jurgen Klopp’s high flyers.
Nine Reds featured in this weekend’s action with Danny Ings, Ryan Kent and Connor Randall all missing out through injury. Ben Woodburn and Shamal George weren’t used by their respective clubs and featured for the Liverpool U23’s to keep up their fitness.
Marko Grujic was out for two months but he’s now back and gave an impressive performance in the heart of midfield as Hertha Berlin drew 3-3 with Hoffenheim. Thrown straight in at the deep end, Grujic played the entire 90 and looked like he’d never been away.
Kane can’t stop scoring! And no, I’m not talking about Harry. Herbie Kane netted yet another goal for Doncaster following his outrageous strike in the FA Cup a couple weeks ago. With the score even in the 52nd minute, Kane rose like a salmon to put away a well-delivered cross to give Doncaster the lead. Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold on to the lead as the score finished 1-1.
Another Red scored at the weekend, but this time it was a much more familiar sight as Harry Wilson, yet again, found his name on the score sheet. Trailing 1-0 in the first half, Wilson got the Derby back into the match on the half-hour mark with a well-taken volley to take his tally to 5 for the season. The Rams went on to win 2-1 and remain in the hunt for promotion to the Premier League.
Ovie Ejaria started for Rangers against Livingstone as Steven Gerrard’s men looked to continue climbing the table. It was a tidy display from Ejaria who played for 80 minutes as the Gers won 3-0, moving them up to second, just two points behind Celtic.
Staying with players North of the Border, Adam Bogdan again featured for Hibs as they faced Dundee on Saturday. It was an entertaining game for the spectators as the match finished 2-2 in what was as an end to end game.
Corey Whelan and Crewe had an afternoon to forget as they were hammered 3-0 by Crawley Town in League 2. Whelan stayed on for the full 90, which must mean he wasn’t the worst player on the pitch. Silver linings, I suppose.
Ahead of the weekend’s action, Loris Karius posted a video of himself on his Instagram titled ‘Back to Best’ which featured a montage of all his best saves in a Besiktas shirt. I thought he’d set himself up to fail, but the man proved me wrong as he produced a confident display as Besiktas beat Ankaragucu 4-1. Just a shame it wasn’t a clean sheet. But on a serious note, I could speak for all Reds fans when I hope his good form continues and he manages to move on from the nightmare night a few months ago.
Taiwo Awoniyi again came off the bench as KAA Gent drew 0-0 with Antwerp. This was the fourth game in a row that he came off the bench, but also, it’s the fourth time in doing so that he’s failed to score.
Last, but not least, young fullback Anderson Arroyo featured for Gent’s U21s as they drew 2-2 with Sporting Charleroi.
Let’s hope that our loaned players can kick on in the busy Winter period that’s just on the horizon.