In a bid to fend off growing interest and attention on Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi from several European clubs, Liverpool have agreed a five-year contract extension for the former Nigerian junior international.
Awoniyi still only 20, was sent on loan to Belgian club Royal Excel Mouscron last season and was previously loaned out to Dutch side NEC Nijmegen in the 2016/17 season.
Awoniyi will however not be playing for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side anytime soon as there seem to be another loan arrangement that will see the Nigerian young gun plying his trade in the French League 1 with Monaco in the up coming 2018/2019 season.
Former Nigerian international and Monaco’s director of football Micheal Emenalo (formerly with Chelsea), has identified Awoniyi with up to a 2 year loan deal been arranged with Liverpool.
Awoniyi was loaned out to German side FSV Frankfurt shortly after joining Liverpool from Imperial Academy in 2015 after the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Awoniyi has an impressive 20 goals and 12 assists in 75 matches played in his loan journey so far, but his inability to secure a work permit coupled with the current strike force of Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firminho, Solanke and the possible arrival of Swiss star Shaqiri in the Liverpool ranks, pushing the Nigerian far off the perking order at the club.
Awoniyi is yet to feature for the senior national team of Nigeria.