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Liverpool loan watch: Marko Grujic booked and taken off, Nathaniel Phillips and Taiwo Awoniyi introduced as late substitutes in wins

In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.

This week, we look at a Liverpool trio currently loaned out to clubs across the top two divisions in Germany.

Marko Grujic

Having been an unused substitute in their previous Bundesliga game, midfielder Marko Grujic was restored to Hertha Berlin’s starting line-up for Sunday’s trip to Augsburg for his 11th league start out of 12 this season. [via TransferMarkt]

It wasn’t the best of days for the 23-year-old or his team, though, with Hertha suffering a 0-4 hammering and the Serbian booked in the first half before being taken off with 20 minutes remaining. [via TransferMarkt]

One positive from Grujic’s day, however, was an excellent passing success rate of 93.1%, his highest of the season so far, having misplaced just two of 29 passes.

Nathaniel Phillips

Defender Nathaniel Phillips had minimal part to play in Stuttgart’s 3-0 win over Karlsruhe on Sunday, coming off the bench in the final couple of minutes after fellow centre-back Marc Oliver Kempf was sent off. [via TransferMarkt]

It continued the 22-year-old’s stop-start season in 2. Bundesliga, having been on the bench for the second game in a row and remaining on four starts for the campaign thus far. [via TransferMarkt]

Phillips may only have touched the ball twice on Sunday, but one of those was to win a header towards the end of a victory which keeps Stuttgart third in the table.

Taiwo Awoniyi

Striker Taiwo Awoniyi made his first Mainz appearance for five weeks in their shock 5-1 win away to Hoffenheim on Sunday, trouncing a team who had begun the weekend 11 places ahead of them in the Bundesliga table. [via TransferMarkt]

The 22-year-old came on for the final 15 minutes at the PreZero Arena with his team 3-0 to the good and had one shot towards the end of the game, although he could only find a team-mate with one of his five passes.

At least Awoniyi got some game-time last weekend after not featuring in Mainz’s previous three matches but he has still started just once for them in the Bundesliga and has yet to play more than 45 minutes in one game. [via TransferMarkt]

Even with Grujic being booked and substituted in a 0-4 defeat, he may well be the happiest of the three with his lot, with the Serbian regularly featuring for Hertha Berlin in midfield.

The Liverpool first team prospects of Awoniyi and Phillips look rather bleak based on their lack of starts during their respective loan spells – the latter may be especially concerned seeing as he can’t hold down a place in the German second tier.

Liverpool fans, what did you make of the contrasting fortunes of the on-loan trio this weekend? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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