Few own the ‘forgotten man’ title quite like Allan Rodrigues de Souza does amid his ongoing wait to play for Liverpool.
The Brazilian is yet to feature for the Reds since signing in summer 2015 having faced issues securing the UK work permit he requires.
In the meantime, he has experienced loan spells with four different clubs in wait of a chance to officially begin his career in England.
His most notable temporary stint arrived in the 2016/2017 campaign when he mustered 15 appearances for Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.
Last season saw him ply his trade at Cypriot side Apollon Limassol, where his 20 appearances in total included four in the Europa League.
That deal came to a premature end in April when Allan returned to Merseyside for surgery on a shoulder injury expected to see him sidelined until August.
Still ineligible for a work permit, Allan will be sent out on loan again for the 2018/2019 season, reports the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce.
At only 21-years-old, time is on Allan’s side to take meaningful strides in his development away from Liverpool in preparation of making his mark when finally available.
His loan spells have seen him fulfil the profile he arrived with in 2015 as a deep-lying midfielder with an extensive passing range and ability to retain the ball at his team’s desired tempo.
There isn’t a notable tendency in his game to roam as most modern holding midfielders do, which would be naturally well-suited to a team that breaks forward with such ferocity and numbers like Liverpool.
Unfortunately, speculation over his longevity and value at Liverpool reigns supreme until he gets the chance to step out onto the pitch.