My tribe

LIVERPOOL LOANEES: Which Reds have starred and who has faltered?

Liverpool have had a number of players out on loan this season with each having varying successes at their temporary clubs.

Some have returned to Anfield in an attempt to break into Jurgen Klopp's first team while others remain away from Merseyside in a bid to continue furthering their development.

Tribalfootball has taken a closer look at some of the Liverpool players who have experienced loan spells this season and how they have fared.


Andre WisdomNorwich City

It's been a fairly underwhelming stint for Andre Wisdom who has gained experience in three competitions during his loan spell with Norwich City.

The 22-year-old defender has made eleven senior appearances for the Norfolk club this season which is perhaps not as much as he would have liked prior to joining the Canaries.

Seven have come in the Premier League, of which six have been starts, three in the League Cup and one in the FA Cup. He hasn't had the desired impact that he would have hoped for given only picking up one assist in 982 minutes of football this season which came in the 2nd round of the league cup against Rotherham.

Amongst the seven premier league games he has played this year, Norwich have only won twice, keeping just one clean sheet, leading us to doubt his actual performances on the right side of Alex Neil's defence.

Wisdom has made a total of seventeen crosses in his seven league games which is not a lot given the ground a modern day right-back is expected to cover which might potentially damage his opportunities with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Overall, Wisdom has been able to get a few games under his belt at the top professional standard but his quality of performances has to be inevitably criticised during his stint with Norwich which will continue for the remainder of the season.


Lloyd JonesBlackpool

Lloyd Jones, the young defender, has played nine games during his spell at Blackpool this season with eight coming in League One and another solitary appearance in the League Cup.

The 20-year-old centre-back was a regular in the side from the start of the campaign but failed to have a positive impact as the Seasiders won only two games with Jones in the team, keeping just two clean sheets.

Jones played 810 minutes of football between early August and late September picking up only one yellow card, demonstrating his strong discipline as a central defender.

His frequent position in Blackpool's starting XI was somewhat cut short when he picked up a knee injury in October leading to an operation that consequently ended his time at Bloomfield Road.

Since then, Jones has had two further operations on his leg after suffering a horrible injury to his syndesmosis joint from knee to ankle.

There are plenty of positives to Jones' game and once he gets his injury issues right, he will be able to show his true potential as he strives for a return to Blackpool.

He told the Blackpool Gazette this week: “I've had three operations – two on my knee and one on my ankle – and I feel really good at the moment because I've been working hard at Liverpool.

“I was meant to be back in the middle of February but I'm ahead of schedule so far by about two weeks. Hopefully I can start partial training this week."


Danny WardAberdeen

Danny Ward has perhaps been the star of all the players Liverpool have sent out on loan this term.

The 22-year-old Welsh goalkeeper had an excellent campaign with Aberdeen before being recalled by Klopp.

Ward gained a wealth of experience making 29 appearances for the Dons in total with six coming in Europa League qualifying.

Among those 29 games he kept twelve clean sheets and Derek McInnes' side lost just seven matches that he was involved in. Notably, of the six European qualifying matches he appeared in, Aberdeen only lost once.

Ward had an excellent league campaign which saw him partake in 21 games for just four defeats. The stand out victory during Ward's stay came in a 2-1 win over Scottish giants Celtic at home.

Aberdeen sit second in the Scottish Premiership boasting the second best goal difference behind league leaders Celtic to emphasise the quality that the young Liverpool man possessed during his time with the gloves at Pittodrie.

The former Morecambe loanee had a very strong loan spell overall and this will only help his aim of challenging for the main shirt at Anfield as he plans to do, albeit patiently.

“You don't to try and run before you can walk. Obviously, it would be nice to try to get a game in any competition for this club. But take it day by day, work hard and catch the eye," he said upon his return to Merseyside.

“I've just got to keep an open mind, train as hard as I can. I know it's a bit of an old cliche but I'll take one day and one session at a time and see what comes around.

“The manager is just expecting me to come back and obviously challenge with Simon and Adam and train as hard as I can, like I have done since I signed for Liverpool. Hopefully, I will catch the eye."


Allan Rodrigues de Souza - SJK and Sint-Truidense

Allan only spent a short period of time with SJK where he made only eight appearances but showed great promise for the future.

The talented Brazilian went on loan to the Finnish side last summer after signing for Liverpool for £500,000 from Internacional.

The 18-year-old scored on his debut after coming off the bench to make an immediate impact.

Allan played 441 minutes of football, taking nine shots and having seven on target, demonstrating his high composure in front of goal.

He eventually finished the season with two goals and five assists, helping his side win the Veikkausliiga (Finnish first division) title for the first-time ever.

Despite only spending a short time at SJK, the youngster showed great potential that can only be a positive for Klopp, who has now sent him out on loan to Sint-Truidense V.V. in a bid to further the youngster's abilities.

Allan will spend the remainder of the season in the Belgian Pro League where he will look to take his game to the next level under young Northern Irish coach Chris O'Loughlin.


Sergi Canos - Brentford

Sergi Canos is a 17-year-old Spanish midfielder who joined Championship Brentford in August 2015, and it is fair to say he has made some impression with the Bees so far.

He was awarded man of the match after an impressive display in their 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest in November, but perhaps his biggest highlight was scoring a wonder goal to earn them another 2-1 win at Reading last month.

To celebrate extending his stay at Griffin Park, Canos latched on to a long pass before scooping the ball over one defender and driving on into the area before lashing a left-footed half-volley into the net.

Check out the goal below:

Speaking of his amazing strike at the Madjeski stadium, Canos told Brentford's official website: “I can't believe the goal. It wasn't me!

“I am so happy with the goal because it was to celebrate my loan extension. It was a big three points, and the team needed the 3 points."

So far at Griffin Park, Canos has scored three goals and provided one assist in 20 league appearances for the London club.

If he continues scoring and performing like he is, Kloop may well be tempted to give him a chance in the first team when he returns to Melwood in the summer.


Taiwo Awoyini - FSV Frankfurt

After being signed by the Reds in late August from Imperial Academy in Nigeria, the striker was then immediately loaned out to German 2.Bundesliga club FSV Frankfurt.

However, the youngster has struggled for game time so far this season, appearing just once in an 18-minute cameo in the German Cup (DFB-Pokal) loss to Hertha Berklin.

Despite impressing in Nigeria's successful African U20 Championship campaign, scoring three goals in four games, his loan spell at Frankfurt has not produced a similar impact.

If Awoyini is to impress the Liverpool manager, he will need to be starting matches at second division level in Germany or he may need to leave to go on loan at another club where he can settle and start scoring goals.


Jordan Williams - Swindon Town

Williams was sent out on loan to Swindon Town in July, and he has featured in 10 matches so far, including nine appearances League One.

Despite his appearance tally drying up lately, he was a mainstay at the heart of the Robins defence from the opening day of the season until late September.

Speaking of his experiences in England's third tier, the 19-year-old told the BBC: "I played for the under-21s last season but since then I've been at Swindon and I've been playing regular football.

“I've got that experience that I've needed to maybe push on into the first team, and it can only benefit me."

Williams was called up by Wales boss Chris Coleman for their European Qualification match against Cyprus last September, which shows just how highly his county rates him.

But if he is to force his way onto the plane for the Championships in France this summer, he will need to reclaim his place in the starting line-up for both Coleman and Klopp to take notice of him, with the loan deal at the County Ground in place until the end of the season.


Samed Yesil - FC Luzern

Liverpool state on their official website that Yesil 'is one of Germany's most promising young strikers', and it is easy to see why.

21-year-old Yesil scored in just his third appearance for Swiss side Luzern in their 1-0 victory over FC Zurich in September.

He was signed from Bayern Leverkusen for £1million in October 2012, with then-Reds manager Brendan Rodgers seeing his potential at just 18.

Yesil, who was prolific for the Germany U19 team in 2012/13, has gone on to make three Swiss Super League starts and five sub appearances for Luzern during his loan spell, featuring in their wins over Zurich and Vaduz.

With the club just seven points off a Champions League place in the Swiss top flight, his attacking nous may just be the ingredientnneeded to propel them into Europe's elite competition next season.

More importantly, he will be keen to catch the eye of Klopp, who has a history of bringing young German talent into his first team.


By Joe Baker & Robert Herman

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?