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Liverpool Loan Watch - August Edition

Find out how Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic, and others have fared during the first month of their seasons

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The international break seems like as good a time as any to check in on the cadre of players who went out on loan in search of first team minutes. Let’s take a look at how each of the players have fared thus far.

Harry Wilson

Harry Wilson doesn’t just score, he scores bangers. The winger was named the Bournemouth player of the month after scoring two long-range efforts. The first was a shot that took a deflection, but the second was a fantastic free kick from outside the box. There is still plenty of debate whether Wilson is good enough for a regular spot at Liverpool, but he’s done nothing to hurt his case to this point.

Marko Grujic

The Serbian midfielder has been a nailed on starter in a holding midfield role for Hertha Berlin, playing the full 90 minutes in all games so far. He scored in the 2-2 opening day draw with Bayern Munich, but he also gave away the penalty that was scored to knot the game back up. After a promising start, Hertha Berlin dropped a pair of 3-0 results. Grujic was one of the highest rated players

Sheyi Ojo

Ojo has gotten off to a hot start for Rangers of the Scottish Premier League. He’s netted three times in the UEFA Europa League qulaifiers, leading his side to the group stages. He’s also scored one domestically.

Nathaniel Phillips

The 22 year old center back came on as an injury sub before starting the last two matches for VFB Stuttgart in 2 Bundesliga. Stuttgart are currently sitting in the second spot in 2. Bundesliga as they battle for promotion. Hopefully Phillips can hold onto the starting role, where he is partnered with former German international Holger Badstuber.

Ovie Ejaria

The 21 year old midfielder has nailed down a starting role with Reading in the Championship. Ejaria has started four games, and scored two goals in the opening month of the season. He also played in a League Cup match as well. Ejaria has impressed with his all around game, including some slick foot skills.

Ben Woodburn

Woodburn went from the next great hope to forgotten man in short order. The Welsh international, still only 19, has gone to League One Oxford United in search of minutes to get his career back on track. He’s definitely getting the minutes thus far, starting 6 games in the league, and has also clocked two substitute appearances in the League Cup. Young Benny Bonfire has only scored once this season in all competitions. On a side note, Woodburn is apparently living with former Red and current teammate Cameron (Zap) Brannagan.

Kamil Grabara

The young Polish keeper has claimed the starting spot between the sticks for Huddersfield in the Championship. Unfortunately, over the course of six game, Grabara is giving up 1.8 goals per game. Huddersfield are currently 23rd out of 24, so it may not be Grabara who is the issue.

Taiwo Awoniyi

The Nigerian forward is currently on loan with Mainz 05 in the German Bundesliga. Unfortunately, he’s only logged 30 minutes across two substitute appearances. Mainz are currently the basement dwellers in the Bundesliga


The Brazilian midfielder has never been able to secure a work permit for the UK, and has gone back to Brazil on loan at Fluminense. Allan is a regular starter in a holding midfield role.

Loris Karius

Last, but definitely not least, is the German keeper, Loris Karius. The former Reds #1 is now in his second year at Besiktas in the Turkish Super Lig. Karius has started the first two games of the season, conceding one goal.

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