While bagging goals may not necessarily be a big concern for Liverpool at the moment with Jurgen Klopp’s side managing to score 17 goals in the Premier League, eight in the Champions League and three in the Carabao Cup so far this season, one future goalscorer that could well have slipped through their grasp.
That happens to be Taiwo Awoniyi, someone who left Anfield over the summer months.
The 24-year-old striker, who left the Merseyside club during the recent summer transfer window for a permanent move to German club Union Berlin for a fee of £5.8m, has since enjoyed a great start to the season after managing to score eight goals in 12 games across all competitions.
Liverpool originally signed Awoniyi back in the 2015 summer transfer window from Nigerian club Imperial Academy for a fee of just £990k. However, his lack of game time was influenced by work permit issues.
Before making his permanent move to Union Berlin, the striker had completed numerous loan spells at clubs in different countries across Europe as a result and didn’t end up making even one appearance for Liverpool’s senior side.
Prior to joining his new club on a permanent deal, Awoniyi spent some time on loan there between September 2020 and June this year, during which he managed to score five goals in 22 appearances across all competitions.
In his latest appearance for the German club, Awoniyi managed to score two goals in Union Berlin’s recent 2-1 win over FSV Mainz in the Bundesliga, earning himself an impressive overall match rating of 8/10, making him the highest-rated player on the pitch on the day according to SofaScore.
In our view, if Liverpool didn’t have any plans to integrate Awoniyi into their first team at any point in the near future, then it probably was the best thing for them to do to sell him rather than just continuing to enable loan moves.
However, if the striker continues racking up the goals for his current club, there could be some regrets from Liverpool that they didn’t give him the chance to prove his worth in their team before shipping him out. After all, Divock Origi is hardly a prolific back-up option with just two goals in the last 12 months.
Fortunately, for the moment, it doesn’t seem as though scoring goals is a particular problem for the Reds at this moment in time.