Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi has provided an update on his future amid a number of links to the Scottish Premiership in recent weeks.
Awoniyi, who is currently enjoying a season-long loan with Union Berlin, has become the subject of interest at both Ibrox and Celtic Park earlier this season, with 90 Min claiming Steven Gerrard had an eye on the 23-year-old’s progress.
The report adds that Liverpool are holding out for £5 million for the Nigerian striker, who has still yet to clock up a single Reds appearance following his 2015 signing.
During that period he has been shipped out on loan to the likes of FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Excelsior Mouscron, Gent, Mainz and now Union Berlin, where he has scored five goals this season.
Awoniyi on his future
Approaching the six-year mark since his transition from Nigeria from Merseyside, Awoniyi will be desperate to find a home to settle in long-term, but Bundesliga striker hasn’t given up hope on his Anfield prospects.
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“Liverpool will always be the priority for me and I am grateful to everyone at the club,” said Awoniyi [World Soccer Magazine March 2021 p.70].
“I still don’t have the work permit to play in England. But with the new rules in place, and the minutes I have played in Germany this season, no one knows what the future will hold regarding the UK work permit.”
“If I become eligible to play in the UK, I think I can have a say on what my decision will be.
“Things have changed remarkably with the new rules and this will certainly help me decide my next step. Liverpool is a very special club.
“They are always in contact to see how I am doing and to ensure I know that they are following my progress out here.
“It motivates me to know my parent club is following up and have my best interests at heart.
“Presently, I am still a Liverpool player until the last day of my contract, but no one knows what the future holds.
“My dream has always been to play in the Premier League and it’s why I signed for Liverpool.
“I still keep the dream alive but if leaving will facilitate it, why not? At the moment, it is impossible to say what might happen in the future.”
What RTK has to say
Considering Origi’s diminishing Liverpool opportunities, could Awoniyi represent a viable long-term alternative to the Belgian striker?
At 23, he certainly has the scope to improve, not to mention a wealth of experience in some of Europe’s top leagues.
He very-well could be worth the gamble.