Former youth international striker, Taiwo Awoniyi is back in Belgium, after sealing a contract extension at Liverpool of England, as the Merseyside outfit have loaned him to KAA Gent.
This comes just a season after Awoniyi excelled on loan at another Belgian Jupiler League side, Royal Excel Mouscron, but he will now line out as one of their opponents in the new season, during which he will don the jersey of their top rivals, Gent.
Just last week, Awoniyi, who has also played on loan in Holland and Germany, sealed a new deal at Anfield, after committing his long-term future to the club and put pen to paper on an extension.
The 20-year-old, who joined The Reds in the summer of 2015, returns to Belgium, where he spent the 2017/2018 season on loan at Mouscron, for which he scored ten goals and provided seven assists in 31 appearances.
A deal to Gent has been on for a while but Liverpool were focused on tying him down to a long term deal before agreeing for him to go out on loan with AS Monaco, Standard Liege, Anderlecht and Club Brugge all sounding him out.
His tally of eleven goals for Mouscron made top club to push for his loan signing but Gent have now secured him.
Gent will now be hoping Awoniyi replicates that form, as they bid to make an impact in the UEFA Europa League after finishing fourth in the Belgian League last season.
At Gent, Awoniyi will team up with fellow Nigerians, Moses Simon, Anderson Esiti and Samuel Kalu, after he completed a season-long deal from Liverpool to the Belgian side.
Liverpool confirmed their latest arrangement for Awoniyi, who has represented Nigeria at U17, U20 and U23 national team levels, while club action has seen him play on loan at FSV Frankfurt of Germany and NEC Nijmegen of Holland.
“Taiwo Awoniyi has joined KAA Gent on a season-long loan deal,” read a statement from Liverpool’s base at Anfield.