Liverpool's derby draw was underwhelming in the end, but there were myriad opportunities for enjoying the successes of others in England and beyond as the club's loanees again took part in a busy weekend. Through three flights of English football and three other leagues in Europe, Liverpool's loanees continue to play an active part for their respective squads.
Divock Origi took the headlines yesterday for Lille in their 1-0 win over Bastia by scoring the winner, which lifts them to third place in Ligue One. Origi struck in the 39th minute, cutting in on his left and threading a low drive through a number of bodies past Alphonse Areola. It was a good response from Rene Girard's squad, who lost for the first time this season in their midweek matchup against Nice. They now sit two points off Bordeaux in the top spot and only one back of second-place Marseille, who have a game in hand. Origi will travel with the squad to Germany when they face Wolfsburg in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Bordeaux took the top spot earlier today with a 2-1 victory over Stade Rennes, with Thomas Toure scoring the winner in the third minute of injury time. Tiago Ilori played all 90-plus minutes for the hosts, continuing a string of appearances that's seen him become a regular at the back. He scored as straightforward a header as you'll see on Thursday in the 1-1 draw away to St. Etienne, and should have a regular part to play for the league leaders going forward.
Elsewhere in Europe, Luis Alberto started for Malaga on his birthday and played for 72 minutes in the 1-0 loss at Getafe. He registered one shot on goal from the midfield in a disappointing loss for for the visitors, who had been much better in the 0-0 draw at home against Barcelona on Wednesday. Alberto nearly scored in that match after coming on as a substitute, with Claudio Bravo tipping his free kick onto the post to keep the match scoreless. Iago Aspas was on the bench for the entirety of Sevilla's 4-0 loss at Atletico Madrid, and Rafa Paez was left out of Bologna's squad as he recovers from an oblique injury.
Back in England, Andre Wisdom started again at right-back for West Brom as they thumped Burnley 4-0 at The Hawthorns. Wisdom had another strong showing again for the hosts, giving the newly-promoted side trouble up and down their left flank all day. His string of solid performances will be interrupted next weekend when West Brom visit Anfield, but he'll be right back in the mix two weeks later when Manchester United head to the West Midlands. Sebastian Coates was left out of the squad as Sunderland drew with Swansea City, while Oussama Assaidi and Stoke play tomorrow night against Newcastle United.
In the lower leagues, there were plenty of minutes on offer for Jordon Ibe in Derby County's 2-0 win away to Bolton. In his first start, Ibe was impressive going forward against the side he had been expected to join on loan before heading to Pride Park. They now head home to face Bournemouth in league on Tuesday before hosting Milwall on the last day before the international break. Joao Teixeira was on the bench but didn't make an appearance for Brighton as they held Nottingham Forest to a 0-0 draw, while Brad Smith--who's been excellent for Swindon Town this season--missed their 3-0 win over Barnsley due to a groin injury.
Origi's winner for Lille: