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Taiwo Awoniyi seemed last year to have given up on ever playing for Liverpool.

The 23-year-old joined the Reds way back in 2015 under Brendan Rodgers but work permit issues mean that he has yet to make his competitive debut for the senior side.

Instead, Awoniyi has been loaned out on no fewer than seven occasions since originally joining Liverpool.

This season, the Nigerian attacker is with Union Berlin in the Bundesliga and five goals in 10 league starts suggests it’s going quite well so far.

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Awoniyi claimed in November that he tried to quit the Anfield club last summer but, according to his coach at youth level, the player is so desperate to become part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans.

Atiba Bankole said to First Time Finish: “His goal is to make the next step. He really, really wants to play for Liverpool, and he told us in the beginning of the season that he wants to be among the highest goal-scorers in the Bundesliga.”

According to Transfermarkt, the player is contracted to Liverpool until 2023.

And with his goal return in Germany’s top flight, this might be his best chance at finally breaking through on Merseyside but, again, his fate is not only tethered to his form, but a work permit problem that remains ongoing for quite a few years.

But a goal-laden second half of the season, combined with good news on the visa front, and who knows, perhaps Klopp – himself something of an expert on German football – will find room for him next term.

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