France Injury Denied Me Liverpool Move – Onazi

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Super Eagles and Trabzonspor of Turkey midfielder, has revealed that the injury he suffered in the round 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup denied him a move to join Liverpool.

The 24-year old, who was one of Nigeria’s best players at the 2014 Brazil World Cup was rumored to be on the radar of big European club sides, but an ankle injury he suffered after France Blaise Matuidi planted studs in his legs in the Round 16 game halted all reported moves - as he stayed put at Lazio that summer.

In an interview with Sports & Style of the Nationng, the Super Eagles Vice Captain described that horrific injury as one of his toughest times and explained that apart from the injury costing him a move to one of the biggest clubs in England, it as well almost ended his career in the national team.

On tough times, the 48-capped Nigerian international said: “That would be at the World Cup where I was injured, it was very serious. It was a scary moment and it denied me the opportunity of going to the English Premier League when Liverpool came for me.

“That moment was also very trying because I was also shut out of the national team as I was not playing. Those are the times that you know who is with you and you can appreciate good people who stand by you.

“It gives one a better understanding of life and it has helped me to move on in life. The experience will last with me forever.”

Onazi, who has worked under four managers in the national team added that he was stunned when former boss, Sunday Oliseh was removed as the national team handler but said he enjoys working with the current national team handler.

He added: “Of recent, I played under Sunday Oliseh and his removal came to me as a surprise. Under current manager Rohr, I have also enjoyed very cordial relationship and that has helped us all.”


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