Forgotten Liverpool defender signed by Jurgen Klopp still waiting for debut five years on

Written by

Forgotten Liverpool defender signed by Jurgen Klopp still waiting for debut five years on

For many players, a loan move represents the perfect platform to remind their parent club of the talent they have to offer.

Harvey Elliott serves as a recent example of an individual who left Liverpool in search of regular first-team minutes, returning to Anfield in a strong position to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans. Others such as Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster, while expiring success during their temporary stays away from L4, enhanced their reputations before being sold for sizeable fees.

Not everyone sent away by the Reds with career development in mind is handed the chance to showcase the skills acquired elsewhere, however. Signed by Liverpool in 2015, striker Taiwo Awoniyi endured seven separate loan spells away from Anfield before leaving the club on a permanent basis in 2021 to join Bundesliga side Union Berlin. The Nigerian was not once called upon by the Reds during this entire period, albeit work permit issues played a part in a lack of opportunities.

READ MORE: Liverpool could explore Jude Bellingham transfer alternative that Cody Gakpo would love

READ MORE: Sadio Mane ‘punch’ left Leroy Sane ‘bleeding’ after Bayern Munich loss to Man City

After scoring 15 goals in 31 league appearances last term, the 25-year-old was snapped up by Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest in a deal worth £17.5million. Seizing his chance to perform in the English top-flight, it was then rather ironic the forward scored the only goal of the game when going head-to-head with Liverpool back in October.

Awoniyi’s affiliation with the Reds may well be over, but one current Liverpool player is sharing the same experiences as the Forest forward. Recruited in 2018 from Fortaleza in his home country of Colombia, defender Anderson Arroyo was scouted after catching the eye of scouts courtesy of his performances at the 2017 Under-20s South American Youth Championship.

Immediately after being acquired by Liverpool, and without a work permit, Arroyo was sent on an 18-month loan to Real Mallorca and was placed in the Spanish side’s B-team from the get-go. This was cut short at the end of the 2017/18 season as the 23-year-old sealed a temporary switch to Belgian side Gent alongside the aforementioned Awoniyi, though failed to make a senior appearance.

#Forgotten #Liverpool #defender #signed #Jurgen #Klopp #waiting #debut #years, 1681357394

About the author

Leave a Comment