Since arriving at Liverpool from the Imperial Academy in Nigeria, Taiwo Awoniyi has been sent on two separate loan spells: one at FSV Frankfurt in his first year as a Red, and then to NEC Nijmegen in the Eredivisie last season.

Scoring eight goals in 28 appearances last year shared between the club’s first and reserve teams, the 19-year-old is slowly developing away from Anfield as the club try and get him a work permit, having failed to do so at the first-time of asking.

With two loans spells under his belt, however, Liverpool are apparently going to try and reapply, using his ‘reputation from playing in Germany and Holland before his 20th birthday’ to trigger the special talent option of the process, according to OwnGoalNigeria.

If they do manage to get the young forward one, the plan would be to then temporarily send him out once more, but this time in England.

A source from the player’s family told the website: “He has three more years to go on his deal with Liverpool, so the next step is for him to play in England before a decision will be reached on his contract extension with the club as he’ll have two more years left next season”.

The 19-year-old has also picked up six caps for Nigeria’s U23, scoring two goals, and nine for their U20s, scoring five goals.