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Could Taiwo Awoniyi be the successor to Divock Origi at Liverpool?

For Taiwo Awoniyi, his transition to the Bundesliga this season has been an inspired one. Six goals and two assists in his previous seven games really do paint a promising picture.

Awoniyi, who is currently on a season-long loan with Union Berlin, is beginning to find his feet during his second successive spell in Germany’s top-flight.

The 23-year-old, then, is doing a fine job in improving his Liverpool credentials for next season. His current club-side are on an inspired run of form with Union currently fifth in the Bundesliga standings – a point behind Borussia Dortmund, too

Breakout season

Awoniyi, a FIFA U17 World Cup winner in 2013, has been central to the club’s success in recent weeks. As a result, Union have taken points from the likes of Bayern Munich and Dortmund during their previous four games.

The latter of which, a 2-1 win against the likes of Jadon Sancho, Emre Can and Erling Haaland, also saw Awoniyi on the scoresheet.

It’s his best reign of form since he signed for Liverpool as an 18-year-old in 2015, too. His ability to clock up just one solitary goal in the Bundesliga last term seems like a distant memory.

As such, his recent form will obviously come as a welcomed surprise to Liverpool. It could even be considered timely given the recent struggles to Divock Origi.

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The Belgian striker has managed just seven minutes of Premier League action all season. A transfer away from Anfield, then, could become a reality in the coming weeks, according to reports.

James Pearce from The Athletic confirmed as such, after all.

He said: “In terms of outgoings, LFC prepared to listen to offers for Origi (as reported a few weeks back) but no suitable offers so far and happy to keep him until the end of the season.”

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Origi replacement?

With that said, Liverpool could have a ready-made replacement ready for next season, then.

Indeed it’s a big void to fill, but Awoniyi is young, hungry and getting better with every passing week. The Reds should certainly at least contemplate the possibility.

By the same token, Liverpool typically prefer to fill vacancies with internal solutions. The current centre-back conundrumm proves as such.

Whether Awoniyi has a long-term Liverpool future still remains to be seen. However, if he continues to wreak havoc in the Bundesliga, the Reds will have no choice but to listen.

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