Liverpool loan Awoniyi to Belgium’s Royal Excel Mouscron
Nigerian junior international, Taiwo Awoniyi will spend the duration of the 2017-18 season on loan at Royal Excel Mouscron, according to Liverpool FC’s official website.
The striker, who signed for Liverpool in August 2015, joins up with the Belgian side following the beginning of their league campaign on Sunday.
Awoniyi spent last term with NEC Nijmegen, for whom he scored three goals, having previously embarked on a loan stay at FSV Frankfurt in Germany.
Before the move to Mouscron, Kalmar FF made a failed attempt to sign the striker on loan. But Liverpool wanted the striker to join an English side instead. But the club failed to secure a work permit for Awoniyi.
Awoniyi joined the Reds from the Imperial Soccer Academy in a deal worth £400,000 in 2015, with the striker immediately loaned to German side FSV Frankfurt.
The 19-year-old made a big step up to switch over to NEC Nijmegen for the 2016/17 Eredivisie campaign, and impressed sporadically.
However, while he scored late goals against AZ Alkmaar and SC Heerenveen in May, Awoniyi still only played 955 minutes in the Dutch top flight, averaging 54 minutes per outing.
Awoniyi’s lack of game time at both Frankfurt in 2015/16 and NEC last season, and his questionable future at Liverpool scuttled the appeal for work permit.
Awoniyi’s position at Anfield is a confusing one, as he is yet to even step foot onto the Melwood training pitch almost two years on.
Klopp has already signed another striker this summer in 19-year-old Dominic Solanke, with the Englishman joining Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings.
Ben Woodburn and Rhian Brewster can also be considered ahead of Awoniyi, with Klopp lauding the young pair for their quality this month, and calling for them to make the “next step” in 2017/18.