Liverpool will focus on offloading a number of fringe players as the transfer window draws to a close for European sides.
The Reds conducted the majority of their business in the early weeks of the window after clubs voted last year to bring deadline day forward before the season starts. Jurgen Klopp wasted no time in strengthening his squad, spending £170m to bring Fabinho, Naby Keita, Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield. The Reds kicked off the campaign with wins against West Ham and Crystal Palace.
Klopp will now focus on selling players who no longer feature in his plans. Ragnar Klavan was sold to Caliguri while Loris Karius has joined Besiktas on a two-year loan. A host of youngsters could be set to follow Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria on temporary deals away from the club.
One man who was also sent out on loan is Nigerian forward – Taiwo Awoniyi. Valued at £1.35m by Transfermarkt, the 21-year-old joined the club back in August 2015 but was immediately loaned to FSV Frankfurt. Awoniyi was subsequently loaned to NEC Nijmegen and Royal Excel Mouscron to get regular football under his belt. He penned a new long-term contract in July before joining Gent in his latest loan move.
Awoniyi netted ten goals for Mouscron – Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were the only Liverpool players who scored more. The young forward also managed to pick up seven assists for his team-mates. After another spell in Belgium, he could finally be ready to make his mark on the Premier League.
Liverpool clearly see a future for the striker at the club, who will get experience in Europe with Gent. With Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi failing to find the back of the net consistently and Daniel Sturridge yet to prove he can be relied on – his chance may come quicker than expected.
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