KEY POINTS

  • Union Berlin is hoping to prolong the stay of Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi
  • Awoniyi still hasn't received his work permit yet
  • Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wanted the striker to return

A loaning club hasn’t received any concrete response from Liverpool regarding the contract extension of one of its most notable loanees.

Taiwo Awoniyi may have yet to make his Liverpool debut, but he has definitely become a star on loan at Bundesliga side Union Berlin.

The striker’s fine form has got Union Berlin sporting director Oliver Ruhnert wishing Liverpool will grant them another loan spell for Awoniyi.

“Nothing is ruled out, but in principle [a deal] is unlikely,” Ruhnert recently told German magazine Kicker. “We depend on the club [Liverpool] that have him to go along with the whole thing.”

“It is a difficult situation, in which I cannot foresee what will and will not happen,” he pointed out. “[I hope] he [Awoniyi] has been very comfortable with us.”

In simpler terms, Union Berlin is left by Liverpool hanging at the moment. What’s even more complicated, Awoniyi is still dealing with issues regarding his work permit.

According to Awoniyi, nothing will be concrete as long as he is not cleared to play in England.

At this point, the Nigerian is just waiting for a miracle to happen.

"Liverpool will always be the priority for me and I am grateful to everyone at the club,” Awoniyi told Sports Illustrated’s FanNation in March. "I still don’t have the work permit to play in England. I am still a Liverpool player until the last day of my contract."

“The future is in God’s hands and I keep my hope alive," he continued. “At the moment it is impossible to say what might or might not happen in the future, but I trust and believe in God and that keeps all of my hopes alive.”

Before joining Union Berlin, Awoniyi was first loaned out by Liverpool to Mainz in 2019.

At the time, the forward was told by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to return to Anfield once he receives his work permit.

“I went to Mainz because it was where Klopp started [talking to me],” Awoniyi said last year. “He said ‘Taiwo, you can go there and make it your home.' He said hopefully, I would get my chance there and that maybe in the next one or two years the work permit is given I could come back."

“This past summer, they had the best opportunity to sell me to another club permanently because they had a lot of clubs that showed interest in me,” he explained. “But then they said they were not selling because they said they don’t need to sell me and that I am an amazing talent that could still blossom. This was the reason they kept me.”

Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool's 4-0 win against Wolves in front of the fans at Anfield Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool's 4-0 win against Wolves in front of the fans at Anfield Photo: POOL / Clive Brunskill