Nigerian Striker Taiwo Awoniyi Reveals Why He Did Not Celebrate Nottingham Forest’s Goal vs Liverpool

Nigerian Striker Taiwo Awoniyi Reveals Why He Did Not Celebrate Nottingham Forest’s Goal vs Liverpool

  • Taiwo Awoniyi scored the only goal of the match as Nottingham Forest beat Liverpool in the Premier League
  • The Nigerian international scored a crucial goal against his former club, but he decided not to celebrate
  • Awoniyi has stated that Liverpool moved him to Europe, and it would be disrespectful to celebrate against the Reds

Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi, who was the hero as Nottingham Forest defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the Premier League, has revealed why he decided not to celebrate against the Reds.

The 25-year-old tucked home from close range after his initial effort bounced off the woodwork before he put the ball into the net as Forest won the tie 1-0.

Born in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, Awoniyi was poached from the local club Imperial Soccer Academy by Liverpool in 2015.

Taiwo Awoniyi, Super Eagles, Nottingham Forest, Liverpool
Taiwo Awoniyi says he did not celebrate goals against Liverpool because they brought him to Europa. Photo: Jon Hobley
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He was a Liverpool player for seven years but made no single appearance for the club, having been sent on loan to several clubs in Europe before he got a permanent deal with German side Union Berlin.

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Premier League returnees Nottingham Forest confirmed his signature during the summer transfer window, and he scored when he came face-to-face with his former club Liverpool.

Despite sending the home fans into wild jubilation, Awoniyi did not celebrate. He said via Own Goal:

"They brought me to Europe and made me have the career I dream of having. I can't forget how it all happened. Happy over the win and the goal I scored and hopefully the start of a regular run of results for us."

Nottingham Forest’s goalkeeper taunts Liverpool fans

Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson went viral on Saturday, October 22, after he appeared to flash a middle finger towards Liverpool fans.

Henderson was outstanding as he produced a superb save late in the game to deny Liverpool, who succumbed to a shock 1-0 defeat.

Amid the celebrations, cameras also managed to pick the Nottingham Forest goalkeeper’s showing the middle finger to someone in the crowd.

Mikel speaks on playing under Jose Mourinho

Sports Brief earlier reported that retired Nigerian international John Mikel Obi has disclosed that he was scared playing under Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho.

The former Super Eagles captain, who retired from professional football in September, was part of the Chelsea squad that won several major titles between 2006 and 2017.

The former Stoke City midfielder has now recounted how Mourinho tore Mohamed Salah into shreds during a match in which the Egyptian was anonymous.

Source: Sports Brief News