Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi was stretchered off in Mainz’s Bundesliga loss to Augsburg, having suffered a head injury following a collision in the box.

The 22-year-old was making his fourth consecutive start for Jurgen Klopp‘s former side, who went behind in the first minute to Florian Niederlechner’s improvised finish.

With Mainz chasing an equaliser, Awoniyi leapt to challenge for a cross into the penalty area, clashing heads with the onrushing Felix Uduokhai.

Awoniyi appeared to be knocked out as he fell to the turf and landed on his neck, unable to break his own fall, and was then stretchered off after a neck brace was applied.

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The Nigerian was responsive as he left the pitch, however, and was taken directly to the university hospital three miles away, where he will undergo further testing to assess his injury.

Head injuries should always be taken seriously, but the hope is that Awoniyi’s issue is not too severe as he had just come into form as part of Mainz’s forward line.

He is unlikely to have a long-term future at Anfield, but this injury presents another setback as he attempts to find his home at senior level.

Mainz should provide another update on Awoniyi’s condition in the near future.

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