Nottingham Forest striker Taiwo Awoniyi explains why he had to make a decision to leave Liverpool. Awoniyi left Liverpool in summer of 2021. The lack of work permit issues forced the Merseyside club to send the Nigerian on short-term loans. Though, he would still have struggled to get a spot in the squad over the star-studded forward lineup. Speaking to Liverpool website, Awoniyi shares the priority of Jurgen Klopp of Mane, Salah and Bobby Firmino ahead of him. Moreover, his present teammate, Divock Origi was also a super-sub for the Reds.
“For me as a player, that was the kind of environment I had always wanted. But in life sometimes you have to make tough decisions. And I knew, for me, that I needed to go and play every week.
“You look at the time; there was Salah, Mane, Firmino and others. I knew the chances were very, very slim. I knew I needed to get to a place where I was playing every week.
“It was hard (to leave Liverpool). But it was a decision I had to make.”
“I have learned so much in my time in England already, and improved so much. The Premier League is different from everywhere else. It is a league where you have to always be ready, physically, technically and mentally.
“You can’t have anxieties in the Premier League, you have to be there every week, 100 per cent, because there are so many strong teams, strong players. The level is so high. Every team is a big club, a team that can easily beat you. That is what sets it apart from the other leagues. The challenge every single week is huge.”
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