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Liverpool Loan Roundup: Borini Bright in an Otherwise Disappointing Weekend

It was another busy weekend for Liverpool loanees, many of whom received starts at their temporary clubs, but only Fabio Borini emerged with a victory as most others found themselves on the wrong end of results.

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In terms of hair and general levels of productivity, Liverpool's best loanees this season have been Suso, Oussama Assaidi, and Fabio Borini in no particular order. The last two are neck and neck--or coif and coif, as it were--for the runners-up spot probably, with both scoring important goals for their temporary clubs and Assaidi experiencing something of a renaissance on the grooming side of things. Borini had mastered the bedhead look at Roma after flirting with a number of styles prior to arriving on Merseyside, but his experimentation with shaving one side of his head led the young Italian down a dark path from which he is yet to return. Assaidi has abandoned the rounded edges and awkward half-hawk for a sleek side-part, which is 78% responsible for the fact that he exists and has scored goals. Follow Suso's lead, dummies.

Also, these people play football in places, and they were notable for doing things over the weekend. Or, in the case of Assaidi, not being allowed to do things.

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UNLUCKY Oussama Assaidi couldn't take part in the slugfest at the Britannia, which is probably good news for Liverpool, who had decided that defending, like an open relationship, was better in theory than in practice. Assaidi's improved form will hopefully continue into next weekend, when Stoke travel to Crystal Palace to quite literally meet their maker when they face off against old manager Tony Pulis.

Suso found himself on the bench yet again in league competition after such a bright start to the season, coming on for the final quarter-hour against Athletic Bilbao with Almeria already down 5-1. He started earlier in the week in the Copa del Rey, but he's found minutes in La Liga hard to come by suddenly, and while talk of problems with his loan have cooled, it's clear he's going to need to do more over the second half of the season in order to finish his time at Almeria on a high note.

That leaves Fabio Borini, who experienced the most success of any Liverpool loanee this weekend in Sunderland's resounding win at Craven Cottage. He didn't get on the scoresheet but surely did enough to keep himself in Gus Poyet's good graces, largely continuing the types of performances that lend credence to the belief that he'll have something to offer Liverpool come next season. There's surely better out there, and they might not cost as much as he did, but I'm hoping there's at least one more season at Anfield for one of the more endearing players around.

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Elsewhere, Conor Coady scored for Sheffield United in a 2-1 loss against Notts County, Jack Robinson made another start for struggling Blackpool in their 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough, and Andre Wisdom again started at right back as Derby County fell to Leicester City--and Liverpool favorite Paul Konchesky who now has hair wait now maybe hair isn't a good thing oh Fowl--by a 4-1 scoreline. Pepe Reina is still hurt for Napoli.

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