Nigerian Taiwo Awoniyi has relayed that he did not allow the opportunity to make more money in Liverpool to entice him when making the decision to complete a permanent move to German outfit Union Berlin.
The 23-year-old completed a permanent move to Union Berlin for a fee in the region of €7.5m; the club where he spent last season on loan despite finally securing an England work permit after a 5-year wait that makes him eligible to compete for Liverpool.
Awoniyi was named in Jürgen Klopp’s preseason squad ahead of the coming season; an inclusion which offers green light that the striker may be offered a chance at success in Liverpool but he rather upheld the option of securing a switch to Union Berlin.
The Nigerian forward, in an interview with Berliner Morgenpost said he chose a team where he gets assured of game time and increased development over where he will make more money.
“It was an easy decision and a difficult one also,” Awoniyi said to the German media.
“If I have stayed in England, it would have been good for me too, then I would definitely have made more money.”
He added that: “But I wanted to go to a club where I was welcomed and part of the team. It is not always about money.”
Taiwo Awoniyi made 16 appearances for Union Berlin in the previous campaign registering 5 goals and 2 assists.