Allan Rodrigues de Souza is a name some Liverpool fans will be familiar with after he signed for the Reds last summer - and it might not be too much longer before he makes his first-team debut.
That’s because Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the 19-year-old, who was called up by the Brazil Under-20 side to attend a training camp in Rio de Janeiro this week, and has revealed he said “Oh my God” after watching him in action for the first time.
Allan was signed last summer before being loaned to SJK, where he helped the Finnish club secure their domestic league title for the first time. The teenager is now on loan with Belgium’s Sint-Truidense and will remain there for the rest of the campaign before returning to Anfield in the summer.
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“When I came here, one or two months later Allan was here and I said ‘who is this?’,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. ‘He is a player for us and the week before he became a champion in Finland.’ ‘Interesting - why didn’t he play here?’ ‘Because it’s not possible.’ And then I started learning about the FA rules and things like this.
"I saw him in training and I thought ‘oh my God, what can we do to keep this boy here and bring him into the line-up?’ He’s 19 years old, an outstanding talent, a good player with a good attitude, everybody loves him, he’s a nice lad – so that’s really, really good. He’s a smart player.
"There is no chance in this moment here because he can’t get the permission to play here, so we have to send him out on loan. We sent him to Belgium and he did well, really well until now. We had no doubts about this, it was a good transfer for both sides.
"Now for the first time he has got an invitation for the national U20 team, and that’s great. It’s really deserved because he’s an outstanding talent. Everybody has seen him, but it’s not too easy to have a lot of pictures of him because most of the time he has played in other countries.
"We hope we can find a solution in the future because he will be a fixed part of the squad in the future, for sure. Now he uses this time to improve and the next step to the U20 national team of Brazil is a great story."
Allan could feature for Liverpool in pre-season
Big words from Klopp. The German coach was clearly impressed with what he’s seen from Allan already.
Shortly before being loaned to SJK at the start of the 2015-16 campaign, Allan travelled with Liverpool’s first-team squad for the pre-season friendly trip to Helsinki and scored for the Reds’ Under-21 side against Birmingham City.
However, with competition for first-team places so fierce at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers agreed to loan out the South American.
But, judging by Klopp’s latest comments, it seems there’s a chance Liverpool fans will catch a glimpse of Allan in a red shirt for the first time during pre-season.
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