A loan move to the Bundesliga shaped up a great opportunity for Taiwo Awoniyi to prove his quality. It has been a shrewd decision.
The German transfer market is one of particular interest to Liverpool in which a number of the club’s top transfer have made their name.
The likes of Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konaté have all be touted with an Anfield interest in recent months.
This week Awoniyi was handed the chance to outshine Sancho as Hertha Berlin took on Borussia Dortmund.
It proved to be a coming of age moment for the 23-year-old forward, who was on the scoresheet in a 2-1 win against the Bundesliga giants.
Loris Karius was also in attendance for the win that takes Union within a point of Dortmund in the league table, although the German goalkeeper was an unused substitute.
Coming of age
It had been a tough early baptism of fire for Awoniyi in the German top-flight with the Nigeria-born striker failing to score in any of his first seven games.
Over the last few weeks, he has been nothing shy of inspiring for his loan side. Awoniyi has clocked up four goals and one assist in his previous six Bundesliga matches.
His club side are currently fifth in the German league standings, a point behind Dortmund and seven points off leaders Bayer Leverkusen.
It’s his best reign goalscoring form since he signed for Liverpool as an 18-year-old in 2015.
There is plenty of football still to be played this season, and Awoniyi is only getting started.
As for Sancho
With Haaland not in the Dortmund squad last night, it was other to Sancho to provide the creative touch to break down an in-form Union outfit, who have lost just two matches all season.
By his high standards, it was a largely unspectacular performance for the £108m-rated England international.
He created two chances and made one successful dribble during the win, but missed the target three times with his four shots during the defeat.
Sancho is still yet to score in the Bundesliga this season. He has three assists but no goals in 11 league matches. Last season, he struck 17 goals and raked in a stunning 16 assists.
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