Nigeria U23 international Taiwo Awoniyi has admitted that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was the motivation behind his loan move to German Bundesliga club Mainz 05.
Klopp was at Mainz for approximately eighteen years - fist as a footballer before he was to be appointed as manager back in 2001.
Awoniyi is currently on his sixth loan spell since his arrival at Liverpool in 2015, having previously spent time at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Mouscron and KAA Gent.
The 22-year-old revealed that Liverpool have given him an ultimatum - to obtain his British work permit within two years or the association with the European champions comes to an end.
''For me, Jurgen Klopp is the best coach so far that I have met in my career,'' Awoniyi told Sporting Life Nigeria.
''If not for an injury that I had during the pre-season maybe Nigerians would have seen me on the tour of the United States with Liverpool in the pre-season but we had a discussion also and he talked quite good.
''This was why I went to Mainz because it was where Klopp started there. It is like his home and he said Taiwo you can go there and make it your home too.
''He said hopefully I would get my chance there and that maybe in the next one or two years the work permit is given I could come back but if not I would have to move on with my career.''
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