Despite the season ending, a few of Liverpool’s loanees have still had a busy week. Taiwo Awoniyi, Brooks Lennon, Danny Ward and Andre Wisdom have all featured in the last seven days. Our loan correspondent Jake Ware has the details.
Taiwo Awoniyi, NEC Nijmegen
NEC Nijmegen’s 2016-17 season came to a disappointing end on Sunday afternoon, as they were beaten by second division side NAC Breda in a two-game playoff to seal relegation to the Eerste Divisie. A disappointing season for Awoniyi came to a close with a 29-minute cameo in the 1-0 defeat on Thursday, and an ineffective 90 minutes in the 4-1 home loss on Sunday. Though work permit issues mean Awoniyi is likely to go back out on loan, NEC’s relegation means it is unlikely the Nigerian returns to Nijmegen.
Awoniyi ends his season with four goals in 22 appearances, and becomes the fifth Liverpool loanee to suffer relegation at the end of the year.
Brooks Lennon, Real Salt Lake
The USA U20s continued their World Cup campaign this week, earning a 1-0 win over Senegal, and battling to a 1-1 draw against Saudi Arabia. Lennon played the full 90 minutes in both games. He did not impact the scoresheet against Senegal, but scored the opening goal in his country’s 1-1 draw on Sunday, a tap-in rebound after an effort from Fulham’s Luca de la Torre. The goal is Lennon’s fifth for the USA U20s since he left Liverpool on loan in January.
Five points sees the United States finish top of their group. They will now play New Zealand in the Last 16. Lennon’s club Real Salt Lake won their only game this week, 1-0 over Philadelphia Union.
Danny Ward, Huddersfield Town
Danny Ward was the hero for Huddersfield as his crucial penalty save helped the Terriers earn promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history. This caps off an excellent season for the loanee, and Klopp will be looking forward to seeing how he fares during pre-season.
Andre Wisdom, Red Bull Salzburg
Champions Red Bull Salzburg closed out their Austrian Bundesliga season this week with two wins, first beating Austria Wien 3-2 away from home on Thursday, before defeating Rheindorf Altach 1-0 on Sunday. Andre Wisdom spent the duration of the first game on the bench, before starting and playing the full 90 minutes of Sunday’s clean sheet victory.
Salzburg end the season 18 points clear of second place, with Wisdom having played his part in 13 league starts. They go for the double on Thursday night, taking on Rapid Wien in the Austrian Cup final.
Written by Jake Ware