Allan Rodrigues de Souza has joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal.
According to the official site, he will spend the next 12 months developing his skills in the German top flight.
He becomes the second loan departure of the day after it was earlier confirmed that Jon Flanagan would spend the 2016/17 campaign with Premier League new boys Burnley.
Allan joined Liverpool in 2015 from Brazilian giants Internacional, but he has not played a competitive match for us due to work permit issues.
The situation is complicated:
- Allan needs to have played at least 30% of Brazil’s matches during the past 12 months to automatically qualify for a permit.
- Or the case would be heard by an appeals panel. They use a points-based system which looks at transfer fee, wages, and the number of minutes played in a “top league.”
- The “top leagues” are the six European leagues and two Central/South American leagues which provide the most players to the top 20 squads in the FIFA World Rankings.
He enjoyed two loan spells last season, firstly with Finnish side SJK and then with Belgian club Sint-Truidense.
Klopp has previously hinted that he wants to get him in the first eleven at Anfield as soon as possible:
“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,” he said back in March (Echo).
We are reportedly hopeful he will gain enough minutes over the next 12 months to qualify for a permit for the 2017/18 season. (Echo).