By Dominic Toner
Young Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has joined Dutch side NEC Nijmegen on a season-long loan, subject to a work permit being granted.
Liverpool confirmed on their website that the forward has joined Nijmegen for the remainder of the season, where he will hope to get regular first-team football.
Awoniyi, 19, joined Liverpool in 2015 and was immediately loaned out to FSV Frankfurt to gain first-team experience.
He scored one goal in his 14 appearances for the German club, but will be hoping to make a bigger impact in the Netherlands with Nijmegen.
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Jurgen Klopp does not have Awoniyi in his immediate plans at Anfield, as Liverpool have several senior forwards in their squad including Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Sadio Mane and Danny Ings.
It is believed that Nijmegen has been picked as his destination because their coach, Peter Hyballa, specialises in youth development.
Hyballa and Jurgen Klopp are well-known to each other, with the former coaching Borussia Dortmund’s under-19 set-up for three years while the Liverpool manager was in charge.
Mario Gotze was one of the many players Hyballa nurtured and Liverpool are hopeful he can help Awoniyi develop in a similar manner.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a Premier League rival has moved for the club’s international.