Jurgen Klopp remains a big fan of Nottingham Forest-bound striker Taiwo Awoniyi.
That’s according to The Telegraph, who report that the Liverpool boss is still a ‘huge admirer’ of his former player.
Klopp reportedly believes that the 24-year-old can ‘make an impact’ in English football as he prepares for his move to the Premier League.
Newly promoted Forest are claimed to be in advanced talks with Awoniyi’s club Union Berlin. The striker has a £17.5m release clause, with Liverpool reportedly set to bank 10% of that on completion of the move.
One to watch for Liverpool
If Klopp is as big-a-fan as claimed here, it’s worth keeping an eye on Awoniyi’s progress.
The Nigerian spent six years at Liverpool without ever playing a game due to work permit issues. Since leaving The Reds permanently last summer though, he has hit 20 goals in 43 games in Germany.
Liverpool will be keeping a keen eye on how he progresses should the Forest move pan out as expected. Should he hit the ground running, perhaps Klopp will be tempted to bring him back to Anfield.
Sadio Mane, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi have all left or are leaving Liverpool this summer. With Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah following them next year as things stand, Klopp may need attacking reinforcements.
Currently, Awoniyi isn’t seen as being on the same level as any of those names. But that could all change if he manages to have the impact that Klopp clearly feels he’s capable of.
One to keep an eye on maybe next season, and a nice little windfall for Liverpool in the meantime.