24-year-old striker has 5 goals since quitting Liverpool in July

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Michael Edwards usually gets it spot-on with regards to who he sells at Liverpool.

From Rhian Brewster to Dominic Solanke, Edwards has made a fortune for the Reds down the years on players who quite frankly weren’t worth the transfer fee that was paid for them.

But the Liverpool sporting director might’ve made a mistake with Taiwo Awoniyi.

After finally earning a work permit to play for Jurgen Klopp’s side, the towering striker was sold on a permanent basis to Union Berlin in July.

Awoniyi, like Brewster and Solanke, is a striker but unlike those two, the Anfield side didn’t pick up top dollar.

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According to The Athletic, Liverpool got £6.5 million for the 24-year-old and considering he has netted five goals for the German outfit already, this could be one of Edwards’s rare mistakes.

Potential gaffe

It could be a mistake not only for the relatively low transfer fee, compared to the player’s heroics so far.

But it may also prove an error because Klopp could do with another number nine.

Let’s face it, Divock Origi has absolutely no future at the club and the idea of him being expected to fill the goalscoring void left by Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for the Africa Cup of Nations is terrifying.

Awoniyi, a Nigeria Under-23 international, probably wouldn’t have been able to fill in next January because he might well wind up going to the competition too.

But even between now and then, he would’ve been a better option than Origi.

They are both similar in terms of height, but Awoniyi is more of a powerhouse-type, a number nine who can be an absolute nuisance for tiring centre-backs in the final 15 minutes of a game if Liverpool needed a goal.

However, it was evidently felt by Edwards – and perhaps Klopp – that the Belgian is more of an asset, but the more Awoniyi scores, the more of a gaffe it’ll look.

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