‘It saddens my heart’ – Taiwo Awoniyi still waiting to make Liverpool debut almost four years after joining club
Taiwo Awoniyi has revealed his frustration at failing to make his Liverpool debut despite signing for the club almost four years ago.
The 21-year-old joined the Reds from Nigeria’s Imperial Academy in August 2015, but work permit issues have stalled his Anfield career.
Awoniyi has been loaned to Royal Excel Mouscron twice, FSV Frankfurt, NEC and Gent in an attempt to play regular first-team football.
He has scored seven goals in ten league games for Royal Excel Mouscron in the Belgian top-flight this season.
Awoniyi told the BBC: ”It saddens my heart that it’s been difficult to get a work permit for the past four years.
“At the end of the season we have to go back to Liverpool to discuss.
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“Everyone knows the importance of the work permit and how it works, and that you’d need to play for your national team.
“If you don’t get a chance with your national team then it becomes difficult to get it.
“Personally, I chose Liverpool because I would love to play in the English Premier League for Liverpool.
“If God says it will happen then it will, but if not then I can only go on with my life and career.”
Awoniyi, who represents Nigeria’s Under-23s side, is aiming to win a senior cap with his country.
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He said: “Nigeria is blessed with so many talented players and whoever finds himself playing for the country should count himself privileged.
“If I get a chance I will be grateful for that but it is not something you have to force.
“You can only wait for your time and if it comes you have to make good use of it.”
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