Liverpool's Taiwo Awoniyi endures a nightmare debut for Mainz

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks dejected as he adjusts his cap during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Taiwo Awoniyi is on loan in the Bundesliga from Premier League runners-up Liverpool but will he thrive and catch Jurgen Klopp's eye?

(THE SUN OUT.THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Taiwo Awoniyi signs a contract extension for Liverpool F.C. at Melwood Training Ground on July 17, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Mainz were hoping for an immediate impact from Taiwo Awoniyi when the on-loan Liverpool striker came off the bench to make his Bundesliga debut with his side 2-0 down to Freiburg.

And it is fair to say Awoniyi changed the game – but not in the way Mainz were hoping.

Just one minute after coming onto the Schwarzald Stadion turf, the 22-year-old gifted Freiburg their third goal with a ridiculous challenge in the penalty area. He caught a Freiburg attacker with a stray boot, the most typical of ‘striker’s tackles’ with Luca Waldschmidt firing the resulting spot-kick into the corner.


So things can only get better for Awoniyi in German football.

The highly-rated Nigerian looked like a real coup of a signing for the perennial mid-table botherers, particularly after scoring seven goals in just nine league games during a similar loan spell at Royal Mouscron in Belgium last season.

Taiwo Awoniyi midfielder of Mouscron celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the Jupiler Pro League match between Royal Excel Mouscron and K. Sint-Truidense V.V. on March 10, 2019...

And, on paper, he should provide plenty of firepower for a rather workmanlike side who scored just 46 goals in the Bundesliga last season.

Klopp knows Mainz coach Schwarz well too, having played alongside the 40-year-old before he embraced life in the dugout. And Schwarz can really do the Liverpool coach a favour by helping Awoniyi fulfil his potential in the Bundesliga - the Champions of Europe are, after all, a little short of options in the final third.

Yet it is maybe better to keep Awoniyi away from his own penalty area for the time being.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Manager Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool with Taiwo Awoniyi on the first day back of pre-season at Melwood Training Ground on July 6, 2019 in Liverpool,...

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