Brazilian youngster Allan Rodrigues de Souza has confirmed he will leave Liverpool on loan for the second half of the 2015-16 season as he continues his fight for a work permit. The 18-year-old spent the first three months of the campaign on loan at Finnish club Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho (SJK) before returning to Merseyside in October to meet new boss Jurgen Klopp.
Allan was among a throng of loan players to meet and train with Klopp after he was appointed successor to Brendan Rodgers, with the midfielder remaining at the club as he continues to learn his trade. The former Internacional youth team player has now confirmed he will be sent on a new temporary loan during the second half of the campaign in order to ramp up his application for a permit to play in England.
"I won't be available [for selection] in January because my work visa isn't ready," he told ESPN Brazil. "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. Klopp often praises me. He says that he likes my football and I have potential, he gives some tips.
"I trained in the morning [at SJK], studied English in the afternoon and stayed home alone at night. I entered restaurants and asked for something to eat but the waiter wouldn't understand anything. And I would leave apologising, and ashamed. It was hard, but I grew up with all this and today I find myself more mature as a man."
The youngster spent eight weeks with the Veikkausliiga club, scoring twice and making five assists as SJK won their first Finnish league title, before returning to Liverpool to meet with Klopp. The German boss has already handed a raft of academy graduates their debuts this season and the South American can be confident of frequent opportunities when he returns on a permanent basis.
"[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," Allan told Liverpool's official website upon returning. "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," Allan 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."