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Liverpool’s Wilson and Grujić in Loan Star State of Mind

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A couple of Liverpool’s loanees had much better weekends.

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Hull City v Norwich City - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images

It wasn’t all bad news for all the football players on Liverpool’s books this past weekend. While the big names were taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, a number of players who had been loaned out to get them more playing time offered timely reminders of their talent.

Harry Wilson - on the verge of reaching the ripe old age of twenty one - had himself a fine day playing for Hull City against Norwich City at the KCOM Stadium. At one point, Hull City had trailed their visitors by two goals, but mounted an impressive comeback to emerge 4-3 victors in a match that featured two penalties for each side. Wilson scored the goal that put Hull City ahead for good, showing good presence and awareness in the box, as well as producing a fine finish.

The victory put Hull City six points above the relegation zone in the lower half of the Championship table, and after the match their manager was full of praise for Wilson’s performance. It was the winger’s second goal in four appearances.

“[It was] another wonderful goal from ‘snake hips’* Harry Wilson,” said Nigel Adkins. “He sent their defence all ways and produced a great finish. He’s such an exciting player.” The local Hull Daily Mail concurred with Adkins’ view, calling Wilson their man of the match and declaring that “City have signed a gem on loan from Liverpool and he ought to be enjoyed as long as he is here.”

Elsewhere, Marko Grujić featured in Cardiff’s 3-2 victory over Birmingham, a result that allowed Cardiff the consolidate their hold on second place in the Championship, with promotion clearly within sight. Grujić has been tasked with assuming a more defensive role in the Bluebirds’ midfield than what he typically does, in part due to injuries in the squad. Nevertheless, he has been warming to the assignment.

“I thought that was Grujić’s best game since coming here,” said manager Neil Warnock after the match. “I thought he dominated in there. I thought he did ever so well.”

Cardiff have matches against Brentford, Derby County, and Burton coming up, and we should expect that Grujić will have a vital role to play in the weeks to come as the Bluebirds chase that Premier League promotion prize.

*WTF, Nigel?