The Loan Report

Ovie Ejaria – Sunderland

There was a shock result in the Championship as Sunderland ran riot to a 3-0 win over Wolves. This means that Sunderland are the only team that the champions have failed to beat all season, despite the Black Cats having one of the worst campaigns in their recent history. It was a big day for Ovie Ejaria as well, as he scored his first senior goal to make it 1-0. Ejaria was in the right place at the right time to tap the ball into the empty net, after the goalkeeper parried a shot right into his path. It wasn’t the most spectacular of finishes, but surely one the youngster will cherish for some time to come. He was undoubtedly one of Sunderland’s best players as he made more passes, more dribbles and held possession for longer than any one of his teammates. It’s a shame he didn’t get to see more playing time during his spell with Sunderland, as performances like Sunday lunchtime show just how much talent he has.

Matty Virtue – Notts County

Notts County secured their place in the League Two playoffs with an underwhelming 0-0 draw against Luton. Matty Virtue played for 73 minutes of the tie and lacked some of the attacking intent that he has shown in recent weeks. However, there were a couple of occasions where he played important passes that led to decent chances for his teammates. Notts County will face Coventry City in the semi-finals and Virtue will surely have a vital role to play over the coming weeks.

Harry Wilson – Hull City

Harry Wilson finished up his season, with a performance of varying results. The youngster showed signs of his talent with runs down the wing and a couple of dangerous whipped crosses into the box and even played a major part in Hull’s goal. A pinpoint ball to the back post allowed Jon Toral to provide a headed knock-down for Jarrod Bowen to tap in. However, Wilson’s afternoon took a turn for the worse when he missed a penalty just before the hour mark. Although it was a decent save from the goalkeeper, Wilson will be disappointed that he put the ball at a very saveable height. The match with Brentford finished 1-1 and Wilson ends the season having made 13 league appearances and with seven goals and three assists to his name.

Daniel Sturridge – West Brom

Daniel Sturridge played for just over 15 minutes against Tottenham and was likely thrown on to try and find the winner that would’ve kept West Brom’s survival hopes alive. What really was a disappointing showing from the Englishman, where he touched the ball just seven times and failed to complete a single pass. Nevertheless, West Brom managed to scramble a late winner, thanks to Jake Livermore, in the 93rd minute and they live to fight another day. Sturridge was celebrating but it was obvious that he didn’t share the same passion that his teammates had. This could be evidence of a sense of detachment from the team, potentially due to his significant time on the sidelines.

Divock Origi – Wolfsburg

Divock Origi started for the second match in a row, for the disappointing 4-1 loss to Red Bull Leipzig, who were playing without Naby Keita due to suspension. Origi was in the midst of the action and had five shots during the game, more than anyone else on the pitch, but was unable to produce anything to prevent the final result. The defeat leaves Wolfsburg in serious danger of being involved in a relegation playoff, come the end of the season.

Pedro Chirivella – Willem II

Pedro Chirivella rounded up his stay in The Netherlands, with a 2-2 draw against Vitesse. The Spaniard had one of his quieter games, sitting in his usual CDM position. He regularly completed passes successfully and made a couple of decent tackles, but overall, didn’t see much of the ball. Chirivella said in the media this week that Jurgen Klopp is the best manager he has ever worked under, but he simply had to leave Liverpool to get regular game time. He definitely got that with Willem II, making 31 appearances in league and he completed a solid campaign with three assists to his name.

Lazar Markovic – Anderlecht

Lazar Markovic was deployed in the unfamiliar position of left wing-back, during the 2-1 win over Clubbe Brugge. He wasn’t able to replicate any of the attacking sparkle that he has produced in recent fixtures, but will be happy with his overall performance in the more defence-minded role.

Marko Grujic – Cardiff City

Marko Grujic played no part in Cardiff’s 0-0 draw with Reading, meaning that he ends the season with 13 league appearances to his name. It was reported at the start of the deal that if Grujic did not reach 14, then Cardiff would face significant financial consequences. The Bluebirds will be celebrating promotion to the Premier League, but they may have to be prepared to send some of their rewards back to Liverpool.

Sheyi Ojo (Fulham), Ryan Kent (Bristol City) and Corey Whelan (Yeovil Town) all completed their disappointing seasons by being left out of their respective matchday squads. Jon Flanagan (Bolton Wanderers) also missed out on Bolton’s dramatic final day heroics, as they avoided relegation thanks to two late goals. Connor Randall (Hearts) was left out of the match with Celtic, and Anderson Arroyo (RCD Mallorca) was absent through injury.