Taiwo Awoniyi , Dream Team VII forward, has revealed that parent club Liverpool have handed him 24-month deadline to resolve his work permit issues.
Awoniyi, who was in action for Nigeria against Sudan in AFCON U-23 qualifiers last week, said Reds manager Jurgen Klopp also played a huge part, on his current loan spell at German Bundesliga campaigners Mainz 05.
At the last count, since signing for Liverpool in 2015, Awoniyi has had sixth loan stints at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Mouscron (2) and KAA Gent.
However, ahead of the start of the 2019-20 campaign, Klopp, who was at Mainz for 18 years in different capacities before joining Liverpool as manager in 2001, urged the former Golden Eaglets star he expects him to secure his British work permit in two years if he truly wants to be a part of the Premier League side.
”For me, Jurgen Klopp is the best coach so far that I have met in my career,” Awoniyi was quoted as saying to The Nation’s SportingLife.
”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,” he summed up.
Interestingly, Awoniyi has not featured for Mainz in their last two Bundesliga games despite making the matchday squad, but has come off the subs bench against SC Freiburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach so far.