Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is desperate to make Allan Rodriguez de Souza a permanent fixture in the Reds first-team but is unable to do so due to work permit issues. The Brazilian midfielder completed his move to the Merseyside club from Internacional during last summer's transfer window, and was immediately loaned out as the club were not able to procure a work visa for him to play in England.
The 19-year-old midfielder initially joined Finnish club SJK. Following the end of their season when he won the top division title with his loan club, he returned to the Reds' Melwood training base. This was when Jurgen Klopp, who had taken over from Brendan Rodgers, spotted him.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager was keen to keep the player in England and promote him to the first-team, but was made aware that he was not eligible. Allan was then farmed out on loan yet again, but this time to Belgian Pro League, where he is currently a regular with Sint-Truiden. The Brazilian's impressive performance on loan has seen him get a call-up to represent the Brazil U20 side at the South American Youth Championships in Ecuador this year. Klopp is delighted following his call-up, and is hoping the club can find a solution as he has no doubt that the talented youngster is going to be a big part of the club's future.
"When I came here, one or two months later Allan was here and I said 'who is this?' He is a player for us and the week before he became a champion in Finland. Interesting - why didn't he play here? Because it's not possible. And then I started learning about the FA rules and things like this," Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"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."
"There is no chance in this moment here because he can't get the permission to play here, so we have to send him out on loan. We sent him to Belgium and he did well, really well until now. We had no doubts about this, it was a good transfer for both sides," the German coach explained.
"Now for the first time he has got an invitation for the national U20 team, and that's great. It's really deserved because he's an outstanding talent. Everybody has seen him, but it's not too easy to have a lot of pictures of him because most of the time he has played in other countries."
"We hope we can find a solution in the future because he will be a fixed part of the squad in the future, for sure. Now he uses his time to improve and the next step to the U20 national team of Brazil is a great story," the former Dortmund boss added.