Seven young Reds turn out for their temporary clubs, three finding the net...
Tom Cleverley was a shining light for Wigan Athletic, albeit in their disappointing 3-1 defeat at West Ham in the Barclays Premier League. The midfielder curled a fine shot past Robert Green in the 86th minute to score his first goal for the Latics, and earlier won a penalty - poorly taken by team-mate Mauro Boselli, saved by Green - after a foul by Danny Gabbidon.
Danny Welbeck continued his red-hot form for Sunderland, scoring his fourth goal in three league games as the Black Cats lost 3-2 to Wolves. The young striker expertly guided a header past Wayne Hennessey to put his side 2-1 up after 77 minutes but just when victory seemed likely for the visitors, Wolves hit back with two late goals from Stephen Hunt and former Reds striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
Elsewhere in the top flight, Mame Biram Diouf was ineligible to play for Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford as they were routed 7-1 by his permanent employers United at Old Trafford.
Danny Drinkwater continues to blossom for Cardiff City but was unable to prevent a 2-1 defeat to QPR in a top-of-the-table Championship clash. The midfielder started in the centre and strived to inspire the Bluebirds' impressive forward line of Craig Bellamy and new England international Jay Bothroyd. After a solid shift up and down the park, he was replaced by Jason Koumas on 57 minutes with the score at 1-1.
Ritchie De Laet played 87 minutes for
Mame Biram Diouf
Ritchie De Laet, Matty James
Preston North End