‘Liverpool will always be my priority’ – Awoniyi maintains Premier League ambition despite work permit struggles
Posted On March 19, 2021
The Nigerian striker is aiming to make his way into Jurgen Klopp’s squad after spending the past six and a half years on loan from Anfield.
Taiwo Awoniyi has said his goal remains to play for Liverpool as he hopes to fulfill his long-held dream of appearing in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old joined the Reds in August 2013 after helping Nigeria win the FIFA U17 World Cup that year, but he has yet to play a competitive game for the club due to the inability to obtain a UK work permit.
Awoniyi is currently in his seventh loan spell at Union Berlin where he has scored five goals in 19 Bundesliga appearances this season.
Following the revised work permit conditions after Brexit, the Nigerian youth star is hoping for his chances of playing for Liverpool after his regular appearances in Germany’s top flight this season.
“Liverpool will always be the priority for me and I am grateful to everyone at the club,” Awoniyi said. World football. “I still don’t have the work permit to play in England. But with the new rules in place and the minutes I’ve played this season in Germany, no one knows what the future holds for the UK work permit.
“If I become eligible to play in the UK I think I can have a say in my decision. Things have changed remarkably with the new rules and it will definitely help me decide on my next step.
Three years ago, Awoniyi engaged his long-term future at Liverpool with a contract extension that will expire in June 2023 and he believes his dream of playing in England’s top flight can still come true.
He added: “Currently I’m still a Liverpool player until the last day of my contract, but nobody knows what the future holds for me.
“My dream has always been to play in the Premier League and that’s why I signed for Liverpool. I still keep the dream alive, but if leaving makes it easier, why not? The future is in God’s hands and I keep my hope alive.
“At the moment it’s impossible to say what might or might not happen in the future, but I trust and believe in God and that keeps all my hopes alive.”