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Taiwo Awoniyi transfer now looks like a serious Liverpool blunder

This summer’s Taiwo Awoniyi transfer now looks like a real blunder from Liverpool. The Reds sold the striker on the cheap.

Liverpool sold Taiwo Awoniyi in the summer – a striker who never played a game for them. Work-permit issues prevented him from ever getting a chance in Red, though he did finally receive one in 2021.

He spent last season on loan with Union Berlin, the latest in a series of loans. Awoniyi scored five goals, suggesting there was some potential in the then-23-year-old.

Liverpool sold for what seemed like a decent-enough fee. They got £6.5m from Union Berlin, who clearly saw enough to want Awoniyi permanently.

However, a few months later, it appears the Reds got this one badly wrong.

Taiwo Awoniyi – transfer blunder?

We wrote a couple of months ago that Awoniyi’s sale looked like a mistake. He scored a few goals early on and his value seemed to rise considerably above that £6.5m mark.

A run of seven goals in six games over October means Awoniyi has 11 in 18 so far this season. It’s a tremendous record and one that will surely have Liverpool kicking themselves.

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We don’t know how likely another loan to Union Berlin was. If it was at all on the cards, though, Liverpool probably should have taken it. After all, it appears Awoniyi just needed a consistent environment to show what he can do.

Liverpool could have taken advantage of that and kept him on the books, while letting Awoniyi show what he’s capable of.

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The Nigerian is now a 24-year-old scoring for fun in the Bundesliga and that’s a very valuable thing. Sebastian Haller scored 20 at that age for Eintracht Frankfurt, earning him a £45m move to West Ham United.

Newcastle United paid £40m for Joelinton back in 2019 after he scored 11 goals in a season for Hoffenheim. That, of course, is Awoniyi’s total already.

Perhaps Awoniyi is simply having a great start. Maybe his goalscoring drops off in the coming months and he no longer looks like a wildly valuable player.

Right now, though, it’s hard to see this as anything but a real blunder from Liverpool.

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