Liverpool FC: Checking in on Joe Cole, Alberto Aquilani and the Reds' Loan Stars
While we all know what is going on with the Reds domestic first team, there are others on the squad that are out plying their trade in other leagues and levels of English Football.
Loans have become a huge developmental tool throughout the entirely of their existence, and Liverpool are looking to take full advantage of that this season with multiple players on loan.
Some promising prospects, as well as some troubled veterans, are all amongst those taking some time to learn and grow elsewhere, with Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani certainly the most high profile to have been sent out.
Most all of those out and about are being successful so far, as we catch up with the Reds' seven players out in the world away from Melwood and Anfield.
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Although he is most likely to make a full switch to AC Milan in the next close season, he is still considered a Liverpool player.
The recent sale of Raul Meireles could see him return, but I truly doubt it.
Currently he has made six appearances for the defending Serie A Champions and has scored on goal.
Shelvey Scores in Blackpool Debut
Originally, it was discussed with the Charlie Adam deal this summer that Liverpool's attacking midfield starlet Jonjo Shelvey would move to Blackpool for a season long loan.
However, that did not take place immediately but now he has indeed made that move thanks to support from both Kenny Dalglish and Charlie Adam.
He made a debut to remember scoring a wonder goal in his first appearance for the Seasiders as they handed out a 5-0 beating to Bristol City.
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Liverpool's Stephen Darby looks to be an eventually victim of circumstance. As a right back, he failed to make it into the first team of either Rafael Benitez, Roy Hodgson or Kenny Dalglish and has spent the majority of his senior career out on loan.
Once again, that is where he finds himself this season on a year long spell at Rochdale, where he already has five appearances.
At 23 years of age, it is unlikely that he will make a return to the first team due to the pecking order already holding Glen Johnson, Martin Kelly and 18-year-old John Flanagan.
With Darby being older than both of the first team's understudies, he will likely be sold at the end of this season.
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Liverpool's brightest youth in the area of shot stopping is Peter Gulacsi. Last season, he spent a half year loan at Tranmere Rovers, making 19 appearances before returning as Pepe Reina backup under Kenny Dalglish.
This season, he has been sent to Championship side Hull City for the season. He debuted for the Tigers in their preseason defeat of Liverpool, and he has made four appearances for the club so far.
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Dani Pacheco has been regarded as one of the top talents in the Reds system and experienced a great loan spell with Norwich City in their promotion run last campaign.
This season, as his need for first team experience grew, he was sent out on loan because of the lack of opportunity in the Reds first team at the moment.
Pacheco may return to England unless Madrid excise their purchase option at the end of the current season long loan, ending in May of 2012.
Joe Cole was hyped as the dark horse signing of the season at the start of Roy Hodgsons dismal half a season at Liverpool. The former England and Chelsea great had suffered much from injuries over his career and was in dire need of a change.
However, his first season in Red was one frustration after another as he debuted with a Red Card and never truly got off his feet.
This year, Kenny Dalglish looks to have given him a chance to resurrect his career on loan before he is sold with a chance to maybe return to England in May on the table.
So far, his loan spell at French Champions Lille has been sensational, as he already has three assists and one goal in seven appearances.