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Loan Watch: Frustration all over for Liverpool’s Marko Grujic, Nathaniel Philipps and Taiwo Awoniyi

In our Liverpool Loan Watch feature, the Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from the club are doing whilst they are away from their home and provide a brief update regarding their progress.

Marko Grujic

Marko Grujic, who was on loan to Hertha Berlin from Liverpool last season, had his loan deal extended for a second campaign during the summer, with his fortunes in stark contrast to those of his club.

The 23-year-old midfielder has started all four of Hertha’s Bundesliga games so far in 2019/20 and scored his second goal of the campaign against Mainz on Saturday. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]

However, a 2-1 defeat was Hertha’s third in a row after the opening day draw at Bayern Munich and they fell to the bottom of the Bundesliga over the weekend.

Grujic had five shots in the defeat at Mainz, the most of any player in the match, with four of those on target, and completed 23 of his 29 passes. [via WhoScored.com]

He has played every minute of Hertha’s league campaign so far and while he has had a fruitful start to the season, his club are threatening to get stuck in a serious rut.

Taiwo Awoniyi

Taiwo Awoniyi joined Mainz on loan from Liverpool in early August, his sixth loan spell away from Anfield, but has found game-time hard to come by in the Bundesliga.

The 22-year-old striker was an unused substitute in his team’s 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, the second successive game in which he failed to make it off the bench. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]

Awoniyi has so far played just 29 minutes in the Bundesliga for Mainz across two substitute appearances, although it was a good weekend for his club as they picked up their first points of the season to climb off the bottom of the table.

With starting striker Robin Quaison scoring against Hertha, that could make it harder for Ayoniwi to get into the team for their next game against Schalke 04 on Friday.

Nathaniel Phillips

Nathaniel Phillips went on loan to Stuttgart from Liverpool in August on the same day that he signed a new long-term contract at Anfield, as per liverpoolfc.com, and has been in and out of the Stuttgart team so far.

He had started their previous two 2.Bundesliga games before this weekend but was an unused substitute in their 3-2 win away to Jahn Regensburg on Saturday, a result which put them top of the table prior to Hamburg’s clash with St. Pauli tonight.

After coming off the bench in the opening day win over St. Pauli, the 22-year-old centre-back played the full 90 minutes against Erzgebirge Aue and Bochum, helping Stuttgart to keep a clean sheet in the former game. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]

With Stuttgart shipping two goals to Jahn Regensburg over the weekend, manager Tim Walter may decide to bring Phillips back into the team, who have conceded only once during his time on the pitch so far this season.

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Loan Watch: Frustration all over for Liverpool’s Marko Grujic, Nathaniel Philipps and Taiwo Awoniyi
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