Liverpool loan watch: Marko Grujic plays in derby defeat, Nathaniel Phillips makes victorious return, Allan stands out in 0-0 draw

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.

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This week we turn our attention to three men on Liverpool’s books currently plying their trade abroad – two in Germany and one in South America.

Marko Grujic

Midfielder Marko Grujic was one of Hertha Berlin’s better performers in their derby defeat to Union Berlin at the weekend, a result which leaves them 11th in the Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old was his team’s joint-third highest-rated player from the game, according to WhoScored, winning three tackles and five aerial duels from the midfield engine room while also registering two of Hertha’s seven shots in their 0-1 loss.

Grujic maintained his record of starting every match for his team so far this season and also played the entirety of their DFB-Pokal penalty shoot-out elimination of Dynamo Dresden last week. [via TransferMarkt]

Nathaniel Phillips

Centre-back Nathaniel Phillips was restored to the starting line-up for Stuttgart and played for the full 90 minutes in their 3-1 win over Dynamo Dresden on Sunday, a match in which he received his second yellow card of the season. [via TransferMarkt]

The 22-year-old didn’t feature in either of their previous two league games and made a token one-minute appearance in their DFB-Pokal win over Hamburg last week in a campaign that has seen him face a battle for a regular starting spot in Tim Walter’s side. [via TransferMarkt]

The game against Dynamo Dresden was just the third in which Phillips was on from start to finish and his fourth 2. Bundesliga start out of nine for third-placed Stuttgart. [via TransferMarkt]


Midfielder Allan, currently on loan at Fluminense in his native Brazil, was restored to their starting line-up for the goalless draw at home to Vasco da Gama on Saturday in Serie A, as per TransferMarkt.

The 22-year-old had more touches of the ball (119) than anyone else in the game and also completed the most passes of anyone on the pitch, with 89 out of his 102 finding a team-mate. [via WhoScored]

It was Allan’s 22nd league start of the season but his team’s winless streak has now extended to five games, leaving them third from bottom and in the relegation places as the season’s climax approaches.

That Grujic is a constant presence at Bundesliga level for Hertha Berlin should help his case at Liverpool once his loan ends, especially if he continues to be among his team’s standout performers.

Phillips’ restoration to the victorious Stuttgart team following their 6-2 drubbing by Hamburg in their previous league game could hopefully see him starting more regularly, considering that his side have let in just five goals in as many league matches when he has featured.

Allan’s return to the Fluminense line-up was also welcome and, judging by his heavy involvement at the weekend, he could be a key player in their battle to avoid relegation. However, if he is part of a team that ends up dropping out of Brazil’s top flight, his chances of breaking into Liverpool’s well-stocked midfield appear very bleak.

Liverpool fans, what are your thoughts on the performances of the on-loan trio? Can you see any of them getting into the first team at Anfield upon their returns to the club? Have your say by commenting below!

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Liverpool loan watch: Marko Grujic plays in derby defeat, Nathaniel Phillips makes victorious return, Allan stands out in 0-0 draw
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