Nigeria striker Taiwo Awoniyi is “very happy” after extending his time with English giants Liverpool by signing “a new long-term contract” on Tuesday.
The former Nigeria Under-17 forward inked the new deal at the club’s Melwood ground and immediately stated that he knows he has to “keep working hard each year” to get a chance with the first-team of the Reds.
Earlier this month, Awoniyi and Liverpool agreed to a five-year deal that will keep him at Anfield till 2023 though the club in their official announcement did not state the duration of the new contract.
“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,” Awoniyi told Liverpool’s website.
The 20-year-old since joining the Reds in 2015 has been farmed out on loan to FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen and Royal Excel Mouscron in the last three seasons and now looks set for a fourth stint abroad owing to work permit issues.
However Awoniyi is unfazed by being sent away to continue his development elsewhere away from Anfield but now hopes he can get a call from the Super Eagles selector’s in future.
“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,” he said.
Last season, Awoniyi scored 10 goals and provided four assists for Mouscron in the Belgian top division.
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