Liverpool forward Taiwo Awoniyi has revealed that he tried to leave the club on a permanent transfer in the summer due to work permit issues.
The striker says that it is his dream to play for Liverpool and he has not been given a chance to play for the club as he does not qualify for a work permit. Due to that, he wants to leave Liverpool permanently to play regularly instead of going out on several loans.
Speaking to ESPN, Awoniyi opened up about his desire to leave the club. “It is my dream to play for Liverpool.
“But me playing for Liverpool has to do with getting my work permit. Without it, there is no chance for me discussing about playing for Liverpool for now.”
“This season was maybe a bit tough to make the decision because honestly, I was hoping to leave permanently. Liverpool have been great, they have been so supportive and we always talk with the director and every time, they tell me to be patient.
“But the reason I discussed something permanent this season was just that I felt most loans I have been to, have not really been the way I want it.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
It is a huge shame for Awoniyi that work permit issues are the reason behind his dreams of playing for Liverpool crumbling to pieces. Whilst it is not ideal for Liverpool to have a player angling for an exit from the club, it is better for it to be someone out on loan and without a chance of playing for the club than – for example – a first-team regular. So, it could now be a case of waiting until January and looking to facilitate a permanent move so that he can progress his career and find a new home.
However, Awoniyi’s form this season on loan to Union Berlin does not suggest that he could make a big impact at Liverpool. He has only scored once in the Bundesliga, starting four games and coming on as a substitute in a further three matches. The forward has been dispossessed once and lost the ball through poor control 2.9 times per game for Union in the Bundesliga, suggesting that he may not be in the best of form on the pitch at the moment.
A reason for his lack of form for Union could be down to him being unsettled with his current situation with Liverpool. It could be tough for him to settle down at a club knowing that he has to return to Liverpool and find a new club in the next transfer window. This means that it could be worth recalling him in January and sorting a permanent move so that he can kick on with his career.