Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has admitted he may have to leave Jurgen Klopp’s side to fulfil his Premier League ambitions, speaking to World Soccer.
Even if the 23-year-old is finally handed the requisite work permit – with red tape preventing the striker from making his mark in England until now – there’s no guarantee Awoniyi would have a part to play at Anfield.
The Nigeria U21 international is highly regarded on Merseyside.
But, while his latest loan spell at Union Berlin has gone far better than last season’s forgettable stint at Mainz, Awoniyi still looks a long way from challenging Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and co for a place in Klopp’s first-team plans.
And although the burly number nine still dreams of leading the line in that iconic red shirt, he’s refusing to rule out a move to make a name for himself in the English game.
“Liverpool will always be the priority for me and I am grateful to everyone at the club,” says Awoniyi.
“Liverpool are a very special club. They are always in contact to see how I am doing and to ensure I know they are also following my progress out here. It motivates me to know my parent club is following me 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 that’s why I signed for Liverpool.
“I still keep the dream alive but if leaving will facilitate it, why not? The future is in God’s hands – and I keep my hope alive.”
In 20 games, Awoniyi has produced five goals and four assists this season.
More of a classic centre-forward than the cerebral Firmino and the speedy Jota, the youngster would certainly give Liverpool a different option in the final third.
But perhaps another loan spell – at a Crystal Palace, Brighton or Newcastle – is the next logical step.
90Min recently reported Celtic and Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are both interested.