Liverpool loan update: England and Spain under-21 stars shine

A brief look at the progress of Liverpool players serving their time with other clubs

England under-21 captain Andre Wisdom has found himself plastered all over the news over the past couple of days, not because of his three consistently very good performances for Derby County, but for ditching his 100k sports car when it became stuck in the mud.

The talented 20-year-old may have his insurance company shaking their heads in disappointment, but the fans at Pride Park couldn’t be happier with his progress.

Steve McClaren threw the player straight into the first team, just days after signing. The young Liverpool defender wasn’t fazed by the change of scenery and put in a high quality performance, that was labelled ‘immense’ by the manager.

The performances since then have been at a top standard, where he has definitely helped the Rams improve their defensive unit.

The former Spain under-20 captain Suso has been in similar brilliant form in La Liga, being mentioned with the likes of Fabregas, Neymar and Bale.

Playing his football at La Liga minnows Almeria, he has been touted as one of the shrewdest signings of the summer due to his creativity, and how important that is to the southern coast side. The attacking midfielder has five assists and one goal in 11 games, including two MOTM performances against Getafe and Levante.

The last game against Valladolid was another match where the 19-year-old Liverpool star shone. He set up Barcelona loan star and former Sheffield Wednesday striker Rodri to win the match 1-0.

Moroccan international Oussama Assaidi has found life difficult at Stoke having been used very briefly this season. The goal against Birmingham in the League Cup is the stand out moment for the winger, but apart from that he has struggled to accumulate minutes on the pitch for the Staffordshire side.

Experienced Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina has become the first name on the team sheet for Napoli this season, accumulating 12 Serie A appearances and four in the Champions League.

The last game will have a bitter pill to swallow for the former FA Cup winner as he conceded three goals to a rampant Juventus side, who sit just above them in the league. However, with Napoli still very much in the title fight this season, he will be considered a major piece of any success they want to achieve this season.

Italian striker Fabio Borini has been at best, a bit part player for a struggling Sunderland side this season and in his last game was on the pitch for a matter of minutes as he was used to wind the clock down in their impressive 1-0 win over Manchester City.

After scoring the all-important winner over Newcastle late last month, it looked as if he may have turned a corner at Sunderland and proved enough to get more game time. Alas it wasn’t to be, well at least not yet anyway, as he looks doomed to sit on the bench playing for seconds at a time.

Reserve team left back Jack Robinson was huge plus earlier on in the season for the Seasiders, becoming a major part in their start to the season.

Unfortunately things look to have gone rather stale for the left back, who has shown himself to have discipline problems having already acquired two red cards this early on in the season. Despite that, it looks like he’ll get his place back in Paul ince’s side

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