Rhys Williams' Liverpool future unclear as injury worry emerges for Sheyi Ojo

The winger is on loan at Millwall and after posting some recent impressive performances, he will be hoping an injury sustained in the meeting with Nottingham Forest is not too serious

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Jurgen Klopp on missing Sadio Mane and Mo Salah

Liverpool coasted to victory over Brentford to maintain their unbeaten start to 2022.

Jurgen Klopp’s side beat the Bees 3-0 at Anfield. They will now be targeting the EFL Cup final, and have to negotiate Arsenal in Thursday’s semi-final second leg at the Emirates.

But what about the players away from the club this season? Liverpool sent a clutch of young players out on loan this campaign, with many plying their trade in the EFL.

In fact, six of them are in either the Championship or League Two at present.

Here, Mirror Sport runs the rule over the aforementioned players and their latest performances.

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Sepp van den Berg

Sepp van den Berg is enjoying regular game time at Preston

Of all Liverpool’s players out on loan in the EFL, van den Berg has enjoyed the most football.

The Dutchman played the whole 90 minutes for Preston in their 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham on Saturday – his 28th appearance of the season.

On the whole he performed solidly, but will perhaps be disappointed at seeing Scott Hogan get a run on him before stooping to equalise for City.

It’s now nine games since van den Berg and his colleagues kept a clean sheet.

Sheyi Ojo

Sheyi Ojo went off injured at half-time of Millwall’s defeat to Nottingham Forest

The winger starred in Millwall’s FA Cup game with Crystal Palace last week and made a bright start on Saturday against Nottingham Forest.

But he suffered an ankle injury that forced him to go off at half-time.

It remains to be seen if, or for how long, it will keep him out of action.

Manager Gary Rowett, whose side lost 1-0 in the final minute, said: “What you can’t afford to do is lose two attacking players. To lose Tom Bradshaw to what looks like a serious injury. He felt something pop in his knee. I’m hopeful that’s not too bad but it doesn’t look great.

“Sheyi [Ojo] has rolled his ankle just before half-time and couldn’t continue second half.”

It was Ojo’s 17th appearance for the Lions.

Ben Davies

Ben Davies hasn’t played for Sheffield United since early December

Davies once again missed out on the matchday squad in Sheffield United’s 2-0 defeat to Derby County.

The defender sat out the third game in succession. He sat out their game at Fulham last month due to personal problems and has had a period away from the club.

Speaking about Davies in the build-up to the Derby game, manager Paul Heckingbottom said: “It’s great to have him back in the building and great to have him back around the lads and it’s good for him to be about.

“He’s as keen as we are to build him back up to being able to participate again.

“He’s had quite a big spell out in terms of being inactive and it’s just rectifying that and making sure his body will be fit enough when we chuck him in to cope with it.”

Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams (right) has barely figured since joining Swansea City on loan

The defender was once again left out of Swansea’s squad as speculation mounts over his future on loan with the Welsh side.

Williams sat out their 1-1 draw at Huddersfield. He has played in just four of the last 16 games and reports claim Liverpool are looking into recalling him and re-despatching him to ensure he gets more game time.

Speaking about the situation, Swans’ boss Russell Martin said: “We’ve been really honest with Liverpool about the opportunities Rhys has had and the potential opportunities he has moving forward, so the ball is in their court.

“We can’t send him back…That’s the danger of doing loans. The parent club is always in control, to an extent.

“I think Rhys is in contact with them constantly about what’s happening.”

Jake Cain

Midfielder Cain played the whole 90 minutes as Newport County romped to an impressive 4-0 win over Harrogate.

It was only a third league start for the Exiles for Cain, who showed some fine touches and classy passes.

The result bumped Newport up to sixth in League Two.

Paul Glatzel

The 20-year-old striker sat out Tranmere’s 2-0 win over Rochdale on Saturday after a suspected positive Covid-19 test.

He has only featured in two of the last eight Rovers’ games.

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