By Scott Taylor
Allan Rodgridues De Souza has completed a loan move from Liverpool to Belgium Pro-League side Sint-Truidense until the end of the season. The midfielder, 18, joined Jurgen Klopp’s in the summer but has only played in friendlies due to work permit issues. The Brazilian previously had a loan spell at Finnish side SJK, but after reports emerged last week, he joins Sint-Truidense on a six-month loan deal so that he can get a work permit.
Allan moved to the Reds from Brazilian side Internacional for a fee of approximately £500,000, and between his loan spells has been training with the first team and playing in friendlies. Allan’s one and only goal for the club so far came in the U21s 3-1 win at Birmingham, in which another summer signing Bobby Adekanye also featured.
The former Brazilian youth international, joined SJK on loan back in September, and made eight appearances until the end of their season in October. During those appearances, he scored twice and provided five assists, with three man-of-the-match accolades to his name. His loan move will also see him link up with two former opponents. Joao Rodriguez and Christian Cuevas were both playing against the midfielder for Colombia and Chile’s respective youth sides and described the Liverpool man as an ‘unbelievable player.’
Sint-Truidense are a former club of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, and currently sit tenth in the Pro-League, five points of the play-off places, where teams compete for a slot in Europe. Allan could make his debut for the club on Sunday 24 January, when they host third-placed Anderlecht.