Ryan Kent and Mamadou Sakho make the headlines for Liverpool’s loanees this week for vastly different reasons.
Allan Rodrigues de Souza, Hertha Berlin
Allan Souza made his third consecutive start for Hertha Berlin on Saturday, but endured a disappointing afternoon, as his side was beaten 2-0 at Werder Bremen. The midfielder played the full 90 minutes. With three games remaining in the Bundesliga season, Allan seems to finally be carving out a role for himself in the Hertha first XI.
Taiwo Awoniyi, NEC Nijmegen
The Eredivisie is off this weekend, so Taiwo Awoniyi and his NEC Nijmegen were not in action.
Cameron Brannagan, Fleetwood Town
Fleetwood Town missed out on an automatic promotion berth this weekend, as a 0-0 draw with Port Vale saw the club slip to fourth in the League One table after 46 games. Cameron Brannagan started on the bench, before coming on after 74 minutes. Fleetwood will now take on Bradford City in the League One playoffs.
Pedro Chirivella, Go Ahead Eagles
Like Awoniyi, Pedro Chirivella did not play this weekend.
Jack Dunn, Tranmere Rovers
Tranmere Rovers beat Maidstone United 1-0 on Saturday, with Jack Dunn not included in the squad. Tranmere will now face Aldershot in the National League playoffs.
Jon Flanagan, Burnley
Jon Flanagan returned to Premier League action, emerging as a first half substitute as Burnley beat Crystal Palace 2-0 away from home. The defender helped his side to their third clean sheet of April. Flanagan will now be hoping for some regular starts to close out the season.
Ryan Fulton, Chesterfield
Chesterfield’s season came to an end with a 3-2 defeat to Sheffield United on Sunday, which saw the Spireites slip to dead last in the League One table. Ryan Fulton again spent the game on the bench. The Scotland U21 international now returns to Liverpool, having made 29 appearances for Chesterfield this season.
Lloyd Jones, Swindon Town
Concerning news emerged this week about centre-back Lloyd Jones, after reports claimed the youngster was arrested in March on suspicion of assault. Jones, who had not played for the Robins since February 25, has now returned to Liverpool, and Swindon, already relegated, lost 3-0 at Charlton to close out the season.
Jones made 29 appearances in total at Swindon, including 23 league starts.
Ryan Kent, Barnsley
Ryan Kent enjoyed another 90 minutes this week, as he started for Barnsley in their 1-1 draw with Burton Albion. Kent had another good game and was a consistent threat down his wing, but was unable to provide a cutting threat. After an up and down year, Barnsley’s season is fizzling out, and they currently sit in 14th.
The Tykes announced before the game that Kent was named Barnsley’s Young Player of the Season, exciting news for a youngster who has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in the Championship.
Brooks Lennon, Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake endured another difficult game in the MLS, as they lost 3-0 at Sporting KC on Saturday evening. Brooks Lennon got another start and another full 90 minutes, although he was booked after 85. The Claret and Cobalt host Dallas FC next weekend.
Lazar Markovic, Hull City
Lazar Markovic made another start for Hull City on Saturday, but had a quiet afternoon, as Hull drew 0-0 at Southampton. The winger was subbed off after 90 minutes. With three games to go in the Premier League season, Hull are three points clear of the relegation spots.
Mamadou Sakho, Crystal Palace
After his great start to life at Crystal Palace, Mamadou Sakho suffered a frightening injury this week, as he was stretchered off during his side’s 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. ACL damage was ruled out, and Sakho could yet return this season, although he was not involved in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 home loss to Burnley on Saturday.
Danny Ward, Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield bounced back after a recent slide on Tuesday night, earning a 1-0 away win at Wolves. Danny Ward started and made three saves for his 11th clean sheet of the season. The three points guaranteed Huddersfield an end-of-season playoff place.
On Saturday, Huddersfield suffered another disappointing defeat, beaten 2-0 at strugglers Birmingham City. David Wagner made 10 changes, and Danny Ward spent the game on the bench.
Andre Wisdom, Red Bull Salzburg
Andre Wisdom got another 90 minutes on Wednesday night, and once again helped his Red Bull Salzburg to a resounding victory and clean sheet, with the Bundesliga league leaders beating Admira 5-0 away from home in the Austrian Cup. Salzburg will play Rapid Vienna in the final.
On Sunday, Salzburg failed to win in league play for the first time since March 11th, after a 1-1 home draw with bottom side Ried. Andre Wisdom once again played the full 90 minutes at centre-back. With five league games left, Salzburg lead the Austrian Bundesliga by 13 points.
Written by Jacob Ware