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Liverpool Loan Watch: Five players flying high away from Anfield

Liverpool are doing quite well in the Premier League, sitting six points clear at the top of the table. The Merseyside club spent a ton of cash in the summer to acquire players such as Virgil Van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Naby Keita amongst others.

The increased size of their squad meant the Reds had to send some exciting prospects on loan in the summer. Here Tribalfootball look at five of those Liverpool loanees of the 2018/19 season.

Loris Karius

Karius was sent out on loan to Beskitas after his costly mistakes in last season's Champions League final. The German goalkeeper made many errors during his time as Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper, but he also put in some decent performances from time to time.

With Alisson now Liverpool's mainstay in goal, Karius is unlikely to get another opportunity to be the Reds' first-choice – he could; however become second choice ahead of Simon Mingnolet should he improve on his already decent form with Besiktas.

Karius has kept three clean sheets and conceded just ten goals in 11 Super Lig appearances.

Marko Grujic

"Marko brings everything - offensive quality, defensive stability, and aerial ability. You hear people talk about complete players, and [Marko] meets a lot of the criteria to do that as a central midfielder. We're happy that he's with us and that he's fit again," said Hertha Berlin defender Fabian Lustenberger after Marko Grujic's winning goal against Frankfurt earlier this month.

Since then, Grujic has been ruled out of action for a month due to an injury.

He's featured In just seven league games for Hertha Berlin thus far due to injury problems, but once he's back from his current injury set-back he's sure to be back in the side having won over admiration from the manager and Hertha's fans since signing for the German outfit on loan.

Connor Randall

Connor Randall is a product of Liverpool's youth system having been at the club since the age of six years old. He enjoyed a great spell in the club's under-18s and under-23 sides, but he's failed to break into the first-team set-up primarily due to the quality of players within Liverpool's ranks.

The right-back was sent out on loan to League one side Rochdale at the start of the season but he's made just one appearance for Keith Hill's side.

Sheyi Ojo

Sheyi Ojo secured a loan move to Ligue 1 outfit Reims at the start of the season – it was deemed a great deal for both Liverpool and Reims as the former would be able to give one of their brightest young talents top-flight experience, whilst the latter would benefit from having a player of Sheyi Ojo's caliber within their ranks, albeit for a season.

Things haven't really gone as planned, though, as Ojo has found regular game time hard to come by at Reims having been deployed off the bench in six occasions and handed just three league starts. As a result, his productivity has taken a huge hit as Ojo is yet to register a single goal or assist this season.

Ben Woodburn

Two years ago, a 17-year-old Ben Woodburn became the youngest Liverpool player to score a goal as he found the back of the net against Leeds in the EFL Cup Quarter Final. He has since gone under the radar, as Liverpool sought to aid his development having noticed his potential.

Now 19, Woodburn is currently on loan to Sheffield United where he has a bit-part role having made just seven league appearances for Sheffield, six of which came off the bench.

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