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Eight Liverpool players have spent the first half of the season on loan at clubs in England and beyond – and the results have been mixed.

Youngsters such as Harvey Elliott and Kamil Grabara have been sent searching for regular minutes to continue their development.

Others players, such as Ben Woodburn and Harry Wilson, are aiming to convince Jurgen Klopp that they deserve a spot in his first-team squad as they clock runs down on their Anfield careers.

There have been some surprises too, with one relatively-unknown striker hitting a vein of form which is sure to have alerted Anfield chiefs.

Here, Mirror Football breaks down the form and minutes of each of Liverpool's on-loan stars.

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Harvey Elliott (Blackburn)

Elliott is enjoying a marvellous spell with Blackburn

With competition for minutes in Liverpool's front line more fierce than ever following Diogo Jota's arrival, Harvey Elliott joined Blackburn Rovers on loan in October.

It has proved a shrewd bit of business for both clubs involved, with Elliott earning regular minutes in the Championship and Blackburn benefitting from the precocious winger's steady stream of goals and assists.

The 17-year-old has started 17 of Rovers' last 18 league games, scoring four goals and laying on six assists for his teammates.

Elliott has been used on either flank and in attacking midfield and he has been one of the standout performers for the mid-table club.

Liverpool are sure to reap the rewards of the Englishman's impressive loan spell when he returns to Anfield at the season's end.

Harry Wilson (Cardiff)

Wilson joined Liverpool's Under-9s back in 2005

Harry Wilson has been on Liverpool's books for over 15 years and his promising development was monitored closely by fans.

Now 23, time is running out for the Wales international to convince Jurgen Klopp he can make the grade with the Premier League champions.

After failing to make an impression as the Reds were beaten by Arsenal in the Carabao Cup fourth round, Wilson joined Cardiff on a season-long loan for a £1.2million fee.

The versatile forward has been used in a number of attacking roles by the Bluebirds and has had patches of fine form in the Championship.

Wilson scored once and assisted twice in the 3-2 win over Birmingham in December and has a total of eight goal involvements in 17 appearances.

Now on his fifth loan spell, it remains to be seen if Wilson has done enough to force his way into Klopp's first-team squad.

Ben Woodburn (Blackpool)

Woodburn's loan spell is set to end on 17 January

Like his fellow Liverpool academy graduate Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn has been loaned out a number of times – to Sheffield United and Oxford United – and the clock is ticking on his Anfield career.

Woodburn started the season playing in Premier League 2 before former Liverpool Under-23 boss Neil Critchley – now in charge at Bloomfield Road – brought him to Blackpool on a half-season loan.

The 21-year-old immediately started two games in League One on his arrival in October, but has found minutes hard to come by since testing positive for coronavirus, making just two further starts.

Woodburn was on the bench as Blackpool upset Premier League-stragglers West Brom in the FA Cup third round, while he is due to return to Anfield on 17 January.

Critchley recently confirmed no decision had been made over a potential extension, and a return to the U23 set-up may be the best course of action for Woodburn after another challenging loan spell.

Marko Grujic (Porto)

Grujic has played a bit-part role for the Portuguese giants this season

Marko Grujic joined Liverpool in January 2016 for a fee of £5.1million after the Reds fended off interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, among others, to sign the Red Star Belgrade man.

But the midfielder's time with the Reds has been characterised by loans away from Merseyside. He immediately returned to Belgrade, before a half-season spell with Cardiff in 2018 and a two-year stay with Hertha Berlin for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 campaigns.

After featuring twice for the Reds in the Carabao Cup, Grujic joined Porto on loan for the rest of the season for a £1million fee in October.

The 24-year-old has made seven league appearances for the Portuguese champions, but he has only been named in the starting XI for two of those matches.

The Serbia international also featured in the Champions League group stage four times and was sent off in the victory over Marseille.

Given Liverpool's strength in central midfield, Grujic will likely need to improve in the second half of the season if he is to finally break into first-team contention.

Kamil Grabara (AGF)

Grabara is enjoying regular play time during his second spell with AGF

Young goalkeeper Kamil Grabara joined Liverpool's academy in 2016 for a reported fee of £250,000 from Ruch Chorzow in his native Poland.

The 21-year-old is yet to make his senior debut but has been named on the bench for cup games, while he spent the 2019/20 season on loan with Huddersfield Town, making 28 appearances in the Championship.

Last September, he returned to AGF until the end of the season, after a fruitful spell with the Danish Superliga side in early 2019.

Grabara has conceded 14 goals in 12 appearances, keeping three clean sheets, and Jurgen Klopp will hope the Poland Under-21 star returns to the club's Kirkby base a more experienced shot-stopper.

Loris Karius (Union Berlin)

Karius has only made one Union Berlin appearance

While Kamil Grabara is enjoying regular minutes with AGF, Loris Karius is going through another rough patch, this time with Union Berlin.

Karius has made just one appearance for the German club, conceding three goals as Union exited the DFB-Pokal to second-tier Paderborn in December.

There was even speculation the German's season-long loan could be cut short amid a lack of play time.

The challenging Bundesliga spell follows his loan with Besiktas, which ended in a bitter wages dispute and the termination of his contract.

At 27, there is still plenty time for Karius to turn his career around. But with 18 months remaining on his deal at Anfield, the Reds may look to cut their losses by offloading him this summer.

Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin)

Awoniyi is in a fine vein of form for high-flying Union Berlin

Also plying his trade with Union Berlin is centre-forward Taiwo Awoniyi.

The Nigeria youth international joined the Reds in 2015 and is already on his seventh separate loan away from Anfield.

Awoniyi's time with Union Berlin started slowly and he found himself coming off the bench for a number of fixtures.

But the 23-year-old has hit form in recent weeks, netting five goals in his last eight Bundesliga games, while also picking up two assists in that time.

Awoniyi scored as Union upset the odds to beat Borussia Dortmund, and his performances have helped steer the club to fifth in the Bundesliga.

While he managed just one goal in 12 appearances at Mainz last season, Awoniyi is no doubt one of Liverpool's standout loan performers this campaign and Anfield chiefs are sure to be tracking his progress carefully.

Sheyi Ojo (Cardiff)

Ojo is on his umpteenth loan spell away from Liverpool

In similar fashion to Taiwo Awoniyi, Sheyi Ojo is just 23 but has already been loaned out countless times by Liverpool.

Ojo joined the Reds' academy in 2011 and has made 13 senior appearances, scoring against Exeter in an FA Cup replay in January 2016.

Meanwhile, the former England youth international has been sent out on loan to Wigan, Wolves, Fulham, Reims, Rangers, and – as of September – Cardiff City.

A technically-gifted winger, Ojo was tipped for greatness after helping England win the Under-20 World Cup in 2017.

He has picked up three goals and five assists in the Championship this season, but – like many others on this list – it remains to be seen if a promising spell in the second tier will be enough to enter first-team consideration at Liverpool.

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