Former youth international, Taiwo Awoniyi has disclosed that he keeps dreaming of a day he will don the jersey of Liverpool in a full-fledged competitive match, and says he will not be discouraged by the constant loan deals that have taken him outside Merseyside.
The 20-year-old striker stated as much after signing another contract extension with The Reds, and the UAE 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner striker, said he will continue making the best of any opportunity that comes his way until his Liverpool dream comes true.
Awoniyi, who joined Liverpool in August 2015, but has played outside Anfield on loan in Germany, Holland and Belgium over the past four seasons, put pen to paper on the deal at Melwood on Tuesday.
His latest deal comes following a successful season in Belgium’s top flight with Royal Excel Mouscron, for which he notched 10 goals and four assists.
Awoniyi moved to Anfield from former Super Eagles midfielder, Seyi George Olofinjana’s Imperial Soccer Academy of Odogbolu, Ogun State, but has spent four seasons on loan at FSV Frankfurt of Germany, NEC Nijmegen of Holland and Mouscron.
He declared that he is now aiming to improve further wherever he finds himself in the coming campaign, with a view to earning a call-up for the Super Eagles.
Awoniyi declared: “I feel excited and I feel very happy. It has been three years since I first came to Liverpool. So far, so good.
“The last year was the best for me, it has been an amazing year so far. I just have to keep working hard each year and I believe one day the dream will come true.
“Thanks to my family, who have been so supportive. I’m very glad and excited about this contract and hopefully to have an even better year.
“That is a big part of the ambition for me. I have played for many years with the youth teams and I look forward to hopefully getting a chance with the senior team.
”It was an amazing year for the club, with the likes of Mane, Salah and my favourite player, Firmino. He works so hard for the team, plays for the team and makes the job easier for the team.
“Mane and Salah have really done well for the club and shown the world what Africa has got. Many African players have this talent – it’s just the opportunity sometimes.”