Forward leaves Liverpool after 6 years and 7 loans: ‘I finally want a home’ – Liverpool FC
Taiwo Awoniyi has admitted he “finally wants to come and have a home” at Union Berlin, having spent the past six years in Liverpool moving from country to country on loan.
Awoniyi finally left the Reds on a permanent transfer on Tuesday, signing for Union Berlin in a £ 6.5million deal following a successful loan campaign with the Bundesliga club.
The Nigerian striker had trained with Liverpool during their pre-season training camp in Austria but was found to be over requirements despite his recent qualification for a UK work permit.
On a fundamental level, it’s nice to see Awoniyi move to a new club after a six-year stint with the Reds which saw him not making a single appearance and accepting seven loan moves across different leagues.
Now 23, Awoniyi has already played in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, having represented FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Royal Excel Mouscron (twice), KAA Gent, Mainz and Union .
Union beat West Brom, Stoke, Fulham, Anderlecht, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg to his signing, and speaking on his arrival in Berlin, the young goalscorer spoke of his relief after making a permanent change.
“After a lot of loan moves over the past years, I finally want to come and have a house,” he told Union’s official site.
“I owe Union so much so it makes me happy and proud to be back here. It’s fantastic to continue on the right track with the club.
“I will give my all to quickly pick up where I was before my injury.”
Awoniyi progressed under manager Urs Fischer, scoring five goals and registering three more in 15 straight starts between November and February, before a thigh injury hampered his progress.
The Bundesliga club are clearly convinced that he could eventually establish himself as a top striker, with general manager Oliver Ruhnert highlighting his “robustness, dedication and unconditional willingness to learn and develop” as “deciding factors “behind the agreement.
He may never have been able to prove it to Liverpool, not even having had the opportunity to make pre-season friendlies over the years due to various issues, but Awoniyi can now do it in Germany.
His overriding ambition may be a return to the Premier League in the future, but after six eventful years Awoniyi will be delighted for now to find a permanent home for his young family.