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20 May 2016

Transfer Update: Liverpool to seal summer deal for Brazilian playmaker Klopp called 'outstanding'

In March, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insisted that Reds youngster Allan Rodrigues De Souza 'will be a fixed part of the squad in the future, but new reports suggest that the plan to integrate the talented Brazilian into the squad will have to wait for another year at least.

Reacting to Allan's recent call-up to Brazil U20 training camp in Rio, Klopp insisted:

"He [Allan] is an outstanding talent [and] will be a fixed part of the squad in the future, for sure. He's a good player with a good attitude, everybody loves him.”

According to the Liverpool Echo today:

""Liverpool will loan out Allan Rodrigues de Souza again this summer as the 19-year-old does not yet qualify for a UK work permit".

Another loan is a good idea - even if Allan had secured a work permit, the reduced number of games next season means he'd probably would've spent most of the season on the bench and/or playing for the U21s. This way, he'll be able to continue playing competitive first-team football. Some info about Allan:

* Attacking midfielder, who can play centrally, or as a number 10. Unable to play in England right now due to work visa issues (consecutive loan deals).

* Sep 2015: Spent two months on loan at Finnish side Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho (SJK), and helped the club win the league title with 2 goals/4 assists in 8 games.

* Oct 2015: SJK coach Simo Valakari's assessment: "He [Allan] has unbelievable potential. He helped us win the championship [and] will succeed at the top level.”

* On his objectives at Liverpool: "I will take it step by step, with humility and hard work. I want to bring joy to Liverpool supporters".

* 2016: Nine appearances for Sint Truiden (7 defeats in 9 games/no goals/assists)

Long-term, the odds on Allan becoming a first-team regular are incredibly slim. Historically, no foreign-born attacker has ever come through the academy to become a first-team regular, and when you consider the struggles faced by the likes of Suso, Pacheco, Teixeira (and dozens of others), it's clear that Allan has a huge job on his hands.

Having the confidence of the manager is half the battle, so perhaps Allan may buck the trend...?

Author: Jaimie K


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