3 Jan 2016

'Klopp Likes Me': Exciting Brazilian attacker admits he's 'eager' to 'play for Liverpool' next season

As a result of visa restrictions, Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodriguez de Souza has confirmed that he will be leaving Liverpool on loan during the January transfer window.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil this week, Allan - who has trained regularly with the first team this season - noted:

“My work visa isn’t ready, so I will be loaned out again. I’ll be back in the middle of 2016, even more ready and eager to play for Liverpool.”

Allan also revealed that he is receiving guidance from Jurgen Klopp on how to improve his game:

“Klopp often praises me. He says that he likes my football and I have potential, he gives some tips.”

Some info about Allan:

* Attacking midfielder, who can play centrally, or as a number 10.

* Captained SC Internacional's U18 team.

* Jan 2015: Featured at the Frenz International Cup (FIC) held in Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur earlier this year, where he reportedly 'impressed' Liverpool coaches.

* Jan 2015: Scored a 40-yard wonder-goal for Internacional in the semi-final of the FIC Cup, which sealed the club's advancement to the final.

* 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.

* On his experience of European football so far: "European football is not like Brazilian football – the game pace and dynamic on the ball are very different".

* On his objectives at Liverpool: "I will take it step by step, with humility and hard work. Ultimately, one day in the future, I want to win and bring joy to the Liverpool supporters and much more".

As I always say, you can never have enough Brazilians in the team, and with any luck, De Souza will follow in the footsteps of Philippe Coutinho, and become an exciting player for Liverpool.

Still, it's hard to be enthusiastic about a player who - based on the historical chances given to non-British academy midfielders - will probably struggle to become a first-team regular.

Author: Jaimie K


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