Allan Rodrigues de Souza, currently on loan with Sint-Truidense in Belgium, has caught the eye of Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. The 19-year-old midfielder was signed from Internacional last summer and was immediately loaned out, first to Finnish side SJK, where he helped them win the league or the first time in the team's history, and most recently to Belgium.
Now the Brazilian has been called up to the Brazil U20 team to play in the South American Youth Championship in Ecuador this summer.
Klopp was asked his opinion on the starlet, and gave a glowing review on his talents to the official website.
"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.
"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.
"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 this time to improve and the next step to the U20 national team of Brazil is a great story."
That's high praise from the manager, so with any luck, Liverpool will find away to resolve the player's permit issues and get him back training and earning playing time with the team in the near future.