Loan Watch: Minamino scores, Cardiff pair shine and Sepp makes Preston debut

BEN PAINTER puts together his monthly round-up of the current crop of Liverpool players out on loan, and how they’ve been getting on at their temporary homes.

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Liverpool lost to both Brighton and Manchester City in the past week, putting the Reds’ title hopes into serious doubt.

Away from Merseyside, though, several players impressed during their loans, with one recent departure thoroughly impressing on his debut.

So who has been successful throughout the week?

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Takumi Minamino – Southampton

Games 1, Goals 1, Assists 0

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The Japanese international made his debut for the Saints on Saturday and scored, in a 3-2 defeat against Newcastle away at St. James’ Park. It was a great start for the 26-year-old, who has gone to St Mary’s for six months to gain valuable game time and experience.

Minamino missed out on Southampton’s midweek 9-0 defeat by Manchester United, as his loan was not finalised in time for him to feature.

After the two defeats in a week, Southampton find themselves in 12th place in the Premier League.

Harvey Elliott Blackburn Rovers

Games 24, Goals 4, Assists 9

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Elliott played in a new role for Blackburn – upfront as a false 9 – but he was ineffective as Blackburn lost 1-0 at QPR.

This was the first really below par display from the teenager, who has been a revelation since his loan spell began at Ewood Park. The result saw the north west side remain in eighth place in the Championship.

Harry Wilson & Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City

Games 22, Goals 3, Assists 7 & Games 28, Goals 4, Assists 6

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Cardiff moved up to 14th in the Championship thanks to a 2-0 victory over Bristol City away in the Championship.

Ojo started upfront, whilst Wilson slotted into the number ten as both assisted in a 3-5-2 formation for Cardiff.


Liam Millar Charlton Athletic

Games 8, Goals 2, Assists 2

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Millar managed 45 minutes, as came off the bench at half-time for Charlton but was unable to alter his sides 3-1 defeat at home against Portsmouth on Tuesday.

Four days later the youngster’s fortunes changed as he started, registered an assist and won man of the match as the Addicks beat Rochdale 2-0.

The win saw them rise up to sixth place in League One and into those all-important playoff places.

Sepp van den Berg Preston North End

Games 1, Goals 0, Assists 0

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Sepp van den Berg joined the Championship side on loan for the remainder of the season, as part of the deal that sent Ben Davies to Liverpool on deadline day.

The Dutchman made his debut at Deepdale on Saturday, as his new side lost 2-1 to Rotherham, leaving them in 11th place in England’s second division.

Loris Karius and Taiwo Awoniyi FC Union Berlin

Games 2, Clean Sheets 0 & Games 19, Goals 5, Assists 4

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Awonyiyi started once again for Union Berlin on Saturday, but his side fell to a 1-0 defeat at Mainz after finishing the game with 10 men. Loris Karius also returned to the bench but failed to feature.

Union Berlin drop down to ninth after the result, three points off a Europa League spot in the Bundesliga.

Marko Grujić FC Porto

Games 19, Goals 0, Assists 0

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On Monday, Grujić came off the bench in 80th minute to help Porto see out a 2-0 win at home to Rio Ave.

He then was an unused substitute in the next two fixtures against Belenenses (A) and Braga (A), as Porto drew twice, 0-0 and 2-2 respectively.

With the five points from the three fixtures, Porto consolidated second place in Liga NOS.


Adam Lewis Plymouth Argyle

Games 4, Goals 1, Assists 0

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The Pilgrems drew 2-2 away at Fratton Park against high flying Portsmouth. The young left-back featured, coming off the bench in the 90th minute.

The point was enough to move Plymouth Argyle up to 12th place in League One.

Kamil Grabara AGF Aarhus

Games 14, Clean Sheets 5

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Grabara once again played in goal and kept a clean sheet, as AGF drew 0-0 with Vijle on Tuesday.

The Polish u21 international then produced another shut out on Sunday as they beat Lyngby 1-0 at home – firing them up to third place in the Danish Superligaen.

Anderson Arroyo Salamanca

Games 8, Goals 0, Assists 0

Arroyo played the full game at right-back as Salamanca beat Racing Ferrol 1-0 away from home, keeping them in ninth place in the Segunda B Group 1:A Promotion Playoffs.

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