Liverpool loanee Power Rankings: Shock name beats Origi to #1?

A look at Liverpool's loan stars this season to date, including Derby County, West Brom, Sunderland, Stoke City and Brighton stars.

Throughout the season at HITC we will be spotlighting the various players out on loan from Premier League sides.

In doing so we will be compiling our regular Power Rankings, to assess who is making an impact and who is losing ground.

Several of Liverpool's stars are yet to feature for their new sides having being loaned out on deadline day, but this early edition gives us a look at where each player is starting from, allowing us to chart the climbs and falls through the season, at this week are based on early impact - if any - and expectation.

Currently there are 11 players from the first team squad out on loan, here's a look at how they rank, in reverse order...

11) Rafael Paez

Paez signed for Liverpool from Real Madrid's youth team last season, and is by far the least well known of the club's loanees. This places the youngster at the bottom of the list, as he heads to Italian Serie B side Bologna. At 20, the centre-back has played two games for the club so far, yet to finish on the winning side.

10) Brad Smith

Another 20-year-old defender, left-back Smith has been loaned out to League One side Swindon Town. He is a long way from making it into the Reds first team, but has made six appearances for the Robins already this season. With his contract expiring next summer, he needs to convince the club to renew his deal.

9) Iago Aspas

It has not been a good start to life at Sevilla for Iago Aspas, mirroring his Liverpool performances last season. Poor as a substitute in the UEFA Super Cup, his early contribution to the La Liga season saw him get headbutted by an opposition player.

8) Tiago Ilori

Young defender Tiago Ilori has a chance to impress this coming season for Bordeaux, and will need to if he is to show he deserves his status as a Liverpool player. The centre-back is yet to make his first appearance since switching.

7) Sebastian Coates

For Coates to be playing in the Premier League is a success after an ACL injury wrote off his 2013/14 campaign. Impressive pre-season performances saw him unlucky to be moved aside by Liverpool but clearly the club were unwilling to cut ties just yet. He was a late mover to Sunderland where he will play under fellow Uruguayan, boss Gus Poyet.


Jordon Ibe

Jordon Ibe is highly rated, but he has to show he can build on his 'wonderkid' reputation on loan at Derby County. Adjusting to the Championship can be hit and miss for young talents, and the late timing of his deal means he has not had the chance to feature just yet. With Derby having a key clash against rivals Nottingham Forest this weekend, the opportunity to become an instant hero awaits.

5) Luis Alberto

Former Sevilla academy prospect Luis Alberto impressed for Liverpool's under-21s intermittently last season but did not build upon that when handed first team opportunities. The 21-year-old has joined La Liga side Malaga, where he has had a positive start, scoring once in his two appearances to date.

4) Andre Wisdom

The destination of Andre Wisdom's loan, a move to West Brom is significant in itself. Having made a step up from a loan at Derby County last season, the defender now has a Premier League campaign to look forward to. A strong showing in the top flight will put him in real contention for a Liverpool first team place this season.

3) Oussama Assaidi

If there is a player who should be backed for success, it is Oussama Assaidi. He is returning for a second successive year at Stoke, and the continuity is likely to build the basis for a series of strong performances, with manager Mark Hughes a big fan.

2) Divock Origi

World Cup sensation Divock Origi may have been an expected number one on this list, but he has to earn it. With one goal in six appearances for Lille this season, it's safe to say he is not exceeding expectations to date, and will need to show more as he prepares for a potential first team role at Liverpool next season.

1) Joao Teixeira

One player who has had a prolific start is Portuguese midfielder Joao Teixeira. Called into the first team squad last season, the 21-year-old joined Brighton on a season long loan in a bid to get regular football under his belt. He has performed admirably to date, scoring twice in his opening three matches and winning the praises of Reds legend Sami Hyypia.

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