Nine Liverpool players featured for their loan clubs over the weekend.

There were mixed fortunes for the Reds’ contingent in the Championship, where Cardiff City – for whom Harry Wilson was replaced by Sheyi Ojo late on – won the South Wales derby 1-0 at Swansea City.

Harvey Elliott came off the bench midway through the second half in Blackburn Rovers’ 1-1 draw with leaders Norwich City at Carrow Road, while Sepp van den Berg started Preston North End’s 1-0 home defeat to Luton Town. 

On the continent, Marko Grujic appeared as a late substitute as FC Porto beat Portimonense 2-1 and Kamil Grabara’s AGF Aarhus drew 1-1 at table-toping Brondby. 

Elsewhere, Academy players Vitezslav Jaros and Adam Lewis enjoyed memorable weekends.

Goalkeeper Jaros impressed on his senior professional debut as St Patrick’s Athletic began their League of Ireland Premier Division season by drawing 1-1 with champions Shamrock Rovers.

St Patrick’s head coach Stephen O’Donnell said post-match: “I’m delighted to have Vitezslav on board… he’s very good mentally, very level-headed, so I knew nothing much would faze him with regards to playing his first competitive senior game. 

“He’s shown tonight what he’s shown all pre-season. For a player so young, 19 years of age, to have such a good mentality and be so composed - if you were coming in and didn’t know his age, you’re saying: ‘That's a seasoned veteran, that's a real pro.’ 

“So, I’m delighted to have Vitezslav and he can be delighted with his first appearance. There’s a lot to build on.”

Left-back Lewis, meanwhile, produced two superb assists to help Plymouth Argyle overcome Bristol Rovers 2-0 in League One, where Liam Millar came off the bench in Charlton Athletic’s 2-2 draw at AFC Wimbledon.