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Liverpool will always be the priority for me – Awoniyi

Striker Taiwo Awoniyi is hopeful that the new rule in England will help facilitate his work permit before the start of the 2021/22 season so he can return to parent club Liverpool on the expiration of his loan deal with Union Berlin.

Awoniyi joined the Reds in the summer of 2015 for £400,000 but was on an immediate note, loaned out to FSV Frankfurt. He has since been shipped out on loan to NEC, Royal Excel Mouscron, KAA Gent and Mainz 05 due to his inability to secure a work permit in England.

The 23-year-old, in an interview with World Soccer Magazine, said he was encouraged knowing that Liverpool was monitoring his progress.

“Liverpool will always be the priority for me and I am appreciative to everyone at the club.

“I still don’t have the work permit to play in England. But with the new rules in place, and the minutes I have played in Germany this season, no one knows what the future will hold regarding the UK work permit.

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“If I become eligible to play in the UK, I think I can have a say on what my decision will be. Things have changed remarkably with the new rules and this will definitely help me decide my next step.”

He added, “Liverpool are a very special club. They are always in contact to see how I am doing and to ensure I know that they are following my progress out here.

“It encourages me to know my parent club is following up and have my best interests at heart.

“At the moment, 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 it’s why I signed for Liverpool. I still keep the dream alive but if leaving will facilitate it, why not?

“Presently, it is impossible to say what might happen in the future.”

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