Stars Abroad

Super Falcons star Taiwo Awoniyi has said that the UK permit rule and his lack of Super Eagles games is delaying his Liverpool dream.

The 21-year-old forward was signed by Liverpool back in 2015 but has been loaned to Belgian side Royal Excel Mouscron to develop while also accumulating international appearances that will allow him to meet work permit requirements.

But calls up to the Nigeria senior team have not been coming.

"It saddens my heart that it's been difficult to get a work permit for the past four years," he told BBC Sport.

"At the end of the season we have to go back to Liverpool to discuss.

"Everyone knows the importance of the work permit and how it works, and that you'd need to play for your national team. If you don't get a chance with your national team then it becomes difficult to get it.

The Ilorin-born player currently has 10 goals and two assists in 32 appearances for Mouscron.

"Personally, I chose Liverpool because I would love to play in the English Premier League for Liverpool.

"If God says it will happen then it will, but if not then I can only go on with my life and career,” Awoniyi added.

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