A difficult week saw three Liverpool loan players pick up injuries, although Marko Grujic continued to excel in Wales, and Taiwo Awoniyi earned an assist.

Allan Rodrigues de Souza, Apollon Limassol

Allan was back in the Apollon first XI this week, making his 15th start of the season as his side traveled to second division side Othellos in the first leg of the Cypriot Cup.

The midfielder played the whole game in a 1-0 loss, with the second leg set to be played in two weeks.

On Saturday, Apollon beat Alki Oroklini 5-1. Allan was an unused substitute.

Anderson Arroyo, RCD Mallorca

Anderson Arroyo started and played 90 minutes in Mallorca B’s 1-1 draw at Santanyi.

Taiwo Awoniyi, Royal Excel Mouscron

Taiwo Awoniyi became the first Liverpool loanee to cross the 2,000-minute threshold this weekend, as the Nigerian played 90 minutes in Mouscron’s 2-2 draw against Waasland-Beveren.

Awoniyi would earn an assist on his side’s first goal, after an excellent mazy run ended in a lay-off, which Dorin Rotariu blasted home.

Pedro Chirivella, Willem II

Pedro Chirivella got another start for Willem II in their 2-1 Saturday defeat at ADO Den Haag. The midfielder played the whole game, earning a booking in the 30th minute for a nasty tackle from behind.

Ovie Ejaria, Sunderland

Ovie Ejaria suffered a muscle injury in training this week, severe enough to force him to miss the 2-0 defeat to Brentford on Saturday.

Andy Firth, Chester

Chester beat Eastleigh 3-1 on Saturday. Andy Firth was an unused substitute.

Jon Flanagan, Bolton Wanderers

Jon Flanagan was not involved in Bolton’s 2-0 loss at Cardiff City on Tuesday, or 2-0 defeat at QPR on Saturday.

Marko Grujic, Cardiff City

Marko Grujic maintained his starting XI place on Tuesday, putting in an excellent performance in Cardiff’s 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.

The Serbian played the full 90 minutes and won an impressive 15 out of 15 aerial duels, in what boss Neil Warnock called “probably Marko’s best game since he joined the club.”


Grujic continued his solid form on Saturday, starting and performing well in Cardiff’s 1-0 win against Middlesbrough. He was removed after 71 minutes.

The two wins see Cardiff move up to second in the Championship, leapfrogging Aston Villa into the automatic promotion spots.

Ryan Kent, Bristol City

Ryan Kent earned another start for Bristol City’s trip to Leeds United.

The winger played 90 minutes as his side coughed up a 2-0 half time lead to draw 2-2.

Lazar Markovic, Anderlecht

Lazar Markovic’s wait for his Anderlecht debut continued this week, as he was unused for his side’s 1-0 loss at Sint-Truiden.

Sheyi Ojo, Fulham

Fulham beat Aston Villa 2-0 on Saturday. Sheyi Ojo was not involved.

Divock Origi, VfL Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg suffered a disappointing defeat this weekend, after a 91st minute Robert Lewandowski winner handed Bayern Munich a 2-1 away win against the Wolves. Divock Origi played the whole game.

Connor Randall, Hearts

Hearts battled to a 1-1 draw at former Liverpool attacker David N’Gog’s Ross County on Saturday. Connor Randall was an unused substitute.

Daniel Sturridge, West Bromwich Albion

Daniel Sturridge continued in the West Brom first XI for their trip to Chelsea on Monday, but lasted only four minutes before injury struck, and the striker was forced off with a hamstring ailment. The Baggies went on to lose 3-0.

The injury is not believed to be long-term, but was serious enough to keep him out of Saturday’s 2-1 home FA Cup loss against Southampton.

Matty Virtue, Notts County

Notts County were in midweek action, beating Carlisle United 2-1. Matty Virtue was an unused substitute.

The Magpies then fought out a 0-0 draw at Newport County on Saturday. Virtue started on the bench, before coming on as a 73rd minute substitute.

Corey Whelan, Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town moved to five games unbeaten on Tuesday, after beating Barnet 2-0. Corey Whelan continued in the first XI, playing the whole game at right back.

The unbeaten run crashed to an end with a 4-1 loss at Stevenage at the weekend. Whelan got another 90 minutes.

Harry Wilson, Hull City

Harry Wilson enjoyed what was likely one of the highlights of his young career this week, as the winger started under the Stamford Bridge floodlights in Hull City’s Friday night FA Cup trip to Chelsea.

Unfortunately, the night did not go as hoped, with Hull falling to a 4-0 final score to crash out of the tournament.

Wilson played well, earning a penalty for the second game in the row after a trip from Cesc Fabregas. The second half spot kick was missed by David Meyler. The winger was removed after 55 minutes with a shoulder injury, though it is not believed to be serious.

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