By Scott Taylor
Jacob Njoku, Chidera Ejike, Charles Ezeh and Suleiman Muhammed have been invited back for further trials at Liverpool, after impressing at the club’s Kirkby Academy recently.
Liverpool continue their summer re-shuffle at the academy, with Jordan Rossiter, Jerome Sinclair and Daniel Trickett-Smith the notable players to leave the club.
Despite the departures, the Nigerian quartet were invited for trials with the Reds in April, and impressed Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff, which has led to further trials in Merseyside.
Former Porto youngster Njoku, 18, was invited for trials once his contract with Al Oruba expired in April, with his agent Babawo Mohammed confirming the trip will take place.
Njoku has represented his country at U13 and U15 level, but missed the U17 World Cup in 2013 due to injury.
He came into his trial full of confidence after winning the Oman Professional League and the Sultan Qaboos Cup with the UAE side.
Ejike, 18, was favourites to sign for Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Manchester City, but after failing to make a move for the youngster, Liverpool were interested in a trial.
The attacking midfielder, who progressed through the Gee-Lec academy, is another young Nigerian youngster being scouted by clubs across Europe after Nigeria U17s won the World Cup in November 2015.
Ezeh is a defensive midfielder and both he and winger Muhammed are team-mates of Ejike’s at the Gee-Lec Football Academy.
Should any other them sign for Liverpool, they will have to be sent out on loan in order to obtain a work-permit, like the Reds’ Brazilian midfielder Allan.
They will also be the second Nigerian to represent the Liverpool academy, with striker Taiwo Awoniyi currently out on loan at Bundesliga 2 side FSV Frankfurt.