It’s now less than a week until Liverpool officially begin the new season. Two more loan deals were completed this week. Here’s a full round-up of the latest players to depart Liverpool on a temporary basis.
Taiwo Awoniyi, Royal Excel Mouscron
Taiwo Awoniyi is set to spend a third consecutive season on loan in continental Europe, after a season-long pact with Belgian top division side Royal Excel Mouscron was confirmed last week.
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) July 31, 2017
Mouscron made a strong start to the season last weekend, beating Oostende 1-0 away from home, but suffered a lopsided 5-2 home defeat to Charleroi on Saturday. Awoniyi was not involved as he did not have his work permit confirmed, but is expected to be eligible for next week’s clash with Lokeren.
Awoniyi has scored just four goals in his first 35 professional games, all during loan spells from Liverpool, and faces a critical season in his Reds career.
Pedro Chirivella, Willem II
— Willem II (@WillemII) July 26, 2017
Willem II’s season kicks off next weekend, when they host Excelsior.
Shamal George, Carlisle United
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) August 1, 2017
Goalkeeper Shamal George is set to get his first taste of professional football this season, after a six-month spell to League Two Carlisle United was confirmed this week.
Carlisle began their season on Saturday, facing ex-Liverpool academy ‘keeper Lawrence Vigouroux’s Swindon Town, but George spent the duration of the 2-1 defeat on the bench.
Brooks Lennon, Real Salt Lake
Brooks Lennon enjoyed an eventful week, as he starred in the MLS Homegrown Game at the league’s All-Star festivities, playing the first 60 minutes of his team’s 2-2 draw with Chivas Guadalajara U20s.
On Saturday, Lennon was back in RSL colours, and made his 15th MLS appearance coming off the bench after 64 minutes in his side’s 0-0 home draw against Houston Dynamo. RSL visit DC United next weekend.
Connor Randall, Hearts
61. Hearts sub: Prince Buaben makes way for Connor Randall, who makes his Hearts debut #HMFCLive
— Heart of Midlothian (@JamTarts) August 5, 2017
It’s safe to say it has been a tumultuous start to life at Hearts for Connor Randall. After his side were knocked out of the Betfred Cup last week, boss Ian Cathro was sacked on Tuesday, and replaced by youth coach Jon Daly on an interim basis.
Hearts kicked off their league campaign on Saturday, but fell to a 4-1 defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic. Connor Randall did make his debut off the bench, coming on after 62 minutes. Hearts travel to Kilmarnock next Saturday.