Awoniyi: Why my time at Liverpool was great even without competitive games

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Taiwo Awoniyi said his time at Liverpool was a ‘great’ period for his career, even though he did not make a competitive appearance for the club.

The Union Berlin forward could not break into Jurgen Klopp’s team during his six-year stay at Anfield due to a lack of a UK work permit and he was sent out on loan to six different clubs.

He delivered impressive performances during the loan stints and the last one was in the Bundesliga, which earned him a permanent move to Urs Fischer's side in July.

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“I have always said that Liverpool is one of the best things that happened to me as a footballer because they gave me the platform to achieve my dream and with them I have no regret at all,” Awoniyi told Tribal Football.

“I do not see not being able to play a game in the Premier League as a regret because in life, with time, everything is still possible. So I can count my time as a Liverpool player as something great for my career."

During the off-season, Awoniyi joined Liverpool for their pre-season training tour in Austria and he has summed his experience with the Reds attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino as follows.

He said: “Salah, Mane and Firmino are very terrific players. Those guys are just too great personalities and if there's anything I admire very well, it is their humility. And with football, you learn in every football session, be it training or match situations."

The 24-year-old is enjoying a rich vein of form in Germany with his tally of 12 goals in 17 matches across all competitions this term.

After learning about the work permit issues in England, Awoniyi shared his advice for young and aspiring footballers to avoid such a fate.

"Life is a journey. Everyone has different steps to take and routes to follow. Our destinies are different,” the Imperial Academy product added.

“I signed for Liverpool at a period in my young career as a footballer; when I did not understand how it works with work permit issues, but at the end, we are still here talking about it.

"It shows that I did not make a bad decision to sign for Liverpool. With other players, they can have the work permit immediately.

"I will simply tell any young Nigerian player to just pray and let God lead him throughout his journey irrespective of the choice or the decision he will eventually make.

"Trusting God to help you is the only way out."

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