Several Liverpool youngsters headed out on loan to gain more experience as the summer transfer window came to an end last week.
Allan Rodrigues de Souza, Apollon Limassol
One of five Liverpool youngsters to see a loan move confirmed on deadline day, Allan Souza has joined Cypriot side Apollon Limassol on a season-long pact.
Cyprus should offer Allan the chance to play weekly football, which will be critical to his efforts to finally earn a work permit next summer.
Limassol are also set to play in this year’s Europa League, where they have been drawn in Group E alongside Lyon, Atalanta, and Everton.
Shamal George, Carlisle United
Academy graduate Shamal George made his professional debut this week, starting in goal for Carlisle United as they travelled to Morecambe for their opening EFL Trophy game. George kept a clean sheet to help Carlisle win 2-0, although he admitted he was “rusty”.
George returned to the bench on Saturday, and was an unused substitute in Carlisle’s 1-1 draw with Mansfield.
Toni Gomes, Forest Green Rovers
In an unexpected deadline day move, Toni Gomes joined League Two side Forest Green Rovers on a season-long deal.
The Portuguese 18-year-old has been a prolific goal-scorer at academy level, and is set to gain his first professional experience under Mark Cooper’s tutelage.
IN THE PICTURE: Liverpool starlet Toni Gomes gets his first action for Rovers this season pic.twitter.com/Wmsikr4lVK
— Forest Green Rovers (@FGRFC_Official) September 2, 2017
Gomes did not wait long to debut, emerging as a half time substitute for Forest Green in their 3-1 loss at Wycombe Wanderers. Forest Green host Exeter next Saturday.
Excellent pre-season ✅
New Liverpool contract ✅
Bundesliga loan move ✅
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) August 31, 2017
Ryan Kent, SC Freiburg
After an excellent 2016-17 season at Championship side Barnsley, Ryan Kent is headed back out on loan, joining Bundesliga side SC Freiburg.
The loan spell gives Kent his first taste of top division football, and should offer him the opportunity to showcase his talents on one of the sport’s grandest stages.
Kent will hope to make his debut next Saturday, when Freiburg host Borussia Dortmund.
Excited to join @vfl.wolfsburg and to get the opportunity to play in one of the best leagues in the world in the @bundesliga_en 🙏🏾 Thanks to everyone at the club for the support so far and am looking forward to getting started after the international break. Good luck to @liverpoolfc and all of the #LFC fans this season too, I'll be watching and supporting from afar 💯
Divock Origi, VfL Wolfsburg
Divock Origi also saw a season-long loan spell confirmed on deadline day. The Belgian striker, who has scored 21 goals in 77 appearances since joining Liverpool in 2014, joins Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg, who finished 16th in Germany’s top division last season.
Origi heads to Germany in search of regular first-team football. With Dominic Solanke having risen above him in the Anfield pecking order, and a place in Belgium’s World Cup squad at stake, Origi needs to prove he can start and score regularly at Europe’s top level. Wolfsburg should offer ample opportunity.
Wolfsburg have started the season with a win and a loss, and return from the international break with a home game against Hannover 96 next Saturday.
Jordan Williams, Rochdale
Jordan Williams sealed a loan move to League One side Rochdale, where he will stay until January.
The loan will be Williams’ third in League One, after previous spells at Notts County and Swindon Town.
12. Done is clattered into & Dale are awarded a free-kick on the right. Williams (11) drives it into near post & Southend defend away #RAFC
— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) September 2, 2017
The Welshman went straight into the Rochdale first XI on Saturday, playing the whole game as Rochdale drew 0-0 at Southend United. Rochdale have taken just three points from their first five games.
International Break Roundup:
Fulham’s Sheyi Ojo is spending the international break with England U21s, but was not named in the matchday squad for the 1-1 draw with Netherlands U21.
— Sheyi Ojo (@sheyi_ojo) August 29, 2017
Divock Origi did not make the squad for Belgium’s 9-0 win over Gibraltar.
Allan, Taiwo Awoniyi, Pedro Chirivella, Ryan Kent, Brooks Lennon, and Connor Randall were not in competitive action this week.