Achievements for Liverpool loanees Wisdom and Sakho
Allan Rodrigues de Souza, Hertha Berlin
Hertha Berlin returned to winning ways this week, beating the already relegated Darmstadt 2-0 away from home. Allan returned to the Hertha first XI, playing the full 90 minutes in the heart of the midfield. Hertha host Bayer Leverkusen in the last game of the season next weekend, needing a point to guarantee Europa League football next season.
Taiwo Awoniyi, NEC Nijmegen
NEC Nijmegen won their second straight game this week, beating Heerenveen 2-0 away from home. Taiwo Awoniyi started on the bench, before coming on after 55 minutes and scoring Nijmegen’s second goal, a powerful header from a corner. The goal is the Nigerian’s third of the season, and second in consecutive games.
Unfortunately, two wins to close out the season was not enough to save NEC from the Eredivisie relegation playoffs. Their quest to stay in the top division begins this week, as they start with a two-game playoff with second division side Emmen.
Pedro Chirivella, Go Ahead Eagles
Pedro Chirivella’s loan spell at Go Ahead Eagles came to an end this week, with the relegated side suffering a sixth straight defeat, this time 3-1 at the hands of Sparta Rotterdam. Chirivella started, and once again played the full 90 minutes. The Spaniard returns to Liverpool after 17 straight starts, and over 1,500 minutes of first team football.
Jack Dunn, Tranmere Rovers
Tranmere Rovers missed out on promotion to the Football League this weekend, falling in the National League’s Wembley playoff final to Forest Green, 3-1. Jack Dunn started on the bench before coming on after 53 minutes, but it proved too little too late for the Merseyside club. Dunn returns to the Reds after eight appearances and no goals at Tranmere.
Jon Flanagan, Burnley
Jon Flanagan continued on the fringes of the Burnley first team this week, spending the duration of his side’s 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth on the bench.
Brooks Lennon, Real Salt Lake
With Brooks Lennon away on U20 World Cup duty in South Korea, Real Salt Lake lost another game, this time 4-0 at the New England Revolution. The United States U20 team kick off their World Cup campaign against Ecuador next Monday.
Lazar Markovic, Hull City
Hull announced on Thursday that winger Lazar Markovic will miss the remainder of the season after picking up an ankle injury. Hull lost 4-0 at Crystal Palace to officially be relegated to the Championship, with Markovic now returning to Liverpool.
Mamadou Sakho, Crystal Palace
Mamadou Sakho had an interesting week, as the centre back was surprisingly nominated for Crystal Palace’s Player of the Year award, despite only playing eight games for the club. Sakho has played a key role in solidifying the Eagles back-line, and saving the side from relegation. He remains out injured, and missed the 4-0 victory over Hull on Sunday.
Danny Ward, Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield Town kicked off their promotion playoffs on Sunday, battling to a 0-0 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Danny Ward missed out through suspension, after his straight red card last week. Ward is eligible to return for the away tie on Wednesday, with Huddersfield needing a win to advance to the Wembley final.
Andre Wisdom, Red Bull Salzburg
It was a great week for Andre Wisdom, as the defender celebrated his 24th birthday on Tuesday, and the Austrian Bundesliga title on Saturday. The champions secured the title after a 1-0 win over Rapid Wien, though Wisdom missed out through injury. Salzburg have three more league games to come, before they will have an opportunity to win the double, with an Austrian Cup final to come against Rapid Wien in June.
Written by Jake Ware