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EXCLUSIVE: FSV chief Kruger says Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi now proving potential

After an extended settling in period, Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi is beginning to make a major impact at FSV Frankfurt.

The Nigeria U23 international was snapped up by Liverpool last summer - on transfer deadline day - and immediately loaned to German Second Division outfit FSV.

After enjoying a taste of first team action in the German Cup before Christmas, Awoniyi has been given his League chance by coach Tomas Oral - and hasn't looked back.

"Of course, it takes some time for a young player like Taiwo to settle into Germany's professional football," FSV manager Clemens Krüger told Tribalfootball.com.

"Four weeks ago he made his debut in the starting line up - this after a short period during the DFB Cup in the first half of the season. Since then, he's played every game and scored his first goal last week.

"So he can help us also in the challenges ahead. We are very satisfied with his athleticism and his performance at this young age. Of course, there is still the upside of his potential."

Liverpool management are constantly in touch with Krüger about Awoniyi and are currently delighted with the Nigerian's progress.

"FSV Frankfurt is in constant contact with Liverpool. Regular reporting on Taiwo Awoniyi's sporting development and on his appearances for the Nigerian under 23 national team takes place also," says Kruger.

FSV are pleased with the approach of Liverpool and happy with the relationship the two clubs are building.

"The contact with Liverpool has been very good from the beginning," adds Kruger.

On Friday night, against Heidenheim, Awoniyi struck his first goal for FSV in their 2-2 draw. FSV's next game is at home to Nuernberg after the international break.

Chris Beattie
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