Tuesday Dec 01, 2020. 14:00
Nigeria under-23 international Taiwo Awoniyi says he prefers to leave Liverpool FC due to United Kingdom (UK) work permit issue.
The 23-year-old marksman has failed to secure a work permit in the UK since his arrival at the English gIants from Nigeria’s Imperial Soccer Academy in 2015.
Awoniyi has had seven loan stints in clubs across Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium since he joined the Reds.
The Ilorin-born player, who is currently on loan at German Bundesliga side Union Berliin, has opened up about his frustrations.
“It is my dream to play for Liverpool. But me playing for Liverpool has to do with getting my work permit,” Awoniyi told ESPN.
“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.”
Awoniyi has played for German clubs FSV Frankfurt and Mainz 05, Dutch outfit NEC Nijmegen and Belgian sides KAA Gent and Royal Excel Mouscron on loan from Liverpool.
“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.,” he added.
“And I felt like it happens that way because the loan players get less of an advantage than the players of their own club.
“That was what made me think, okay, maybe it’s time to find a home with my family.”
He was part of the Nigeria squads which won the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup and 2015 CAF Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) titles.