Liverpool have confirmed the return of Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza following a two-month loan spell at Finnish club Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho (SJK). Souza joined the Reds on deadline day in the summer transfer window, becoming the final signing made by Brendan Rodgers prior to his sacking at the start of October.
The 18-year-old has spent the last eight weeks on loan at Veikkausliiga side SJK, scoring twice and making five assists in eight appearances as he helped the club win the Finnish league title for the first time. Souza's side beat FF Jaro on the final day to clinch the title in dramatic circumstances.
Following this encouraging spell, Souza is back at Liverpool under the guidance of a new manager in Jurgen Klopp, who has welcomed the player with open arms. With three academy players having made their debuts in the Capital One Cup win over AFC Bournemouth, Souza arrives at an exciting time for the club's youth ranks.
"[The loan spell] was a very important experience for me − it was good to get some game time as I hadn't been playing in a while," Souza told Liverpool's official website. "Moreover, I had never played a game at professional level before, so it was a very valuable time I've spent there.
"It's only been seven years since SJK were founded, and they were a second-division club until recently. They had finished third in the league two years ago and were runners-up last season, and now this year we've won the league. It's been very rewarding and I'm very happy we did it.
"European football is not like Brazilian football – the game pace and dynamic on the ball are very different," Souza said. "I tried to settle in as quickly as possible. I had little time to adapt and so I did my best to get familiar with it as fast as I could.
"Liverpool were in contact with me on a daily basis. They wanted to know how I was and gave me full support during my time there, asking about me and staying in touch every day. They were very caring indeed."