Allan Rodrigues de Souza is arguably one of the more exciting Liverpool youth prospects out there. Due to Britain’s strict work permit policies, the 19-year-old Brazilian starlet continues to face lengthy loan spells before he can truly be brought into the fold.
Allan has already completed loans with Finnish side SJK and Belgium’s Sint-Truiden. Now he faces a rather big step up in competition, playing for Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.
Well, last night the youngster was handed his Hertha debut in about the most difficult circumstance possible, in a trip to Allianz Arena to face German world beaters Bayern Munich. The two sides entered the match level on points, both having won their first three matches of the season. But—doing as they do—Bayern dispatched their challengers from up north in an easy 3-0 victory.
It was a night when no one in blue and white covered themselves in glory. Allan played the full 90 minutes as the deepest of Hertha’s three midfielders. Unfortunately, he was directly responsible for the second goal about mid way through the second half, after being dispossessed by Thiago, who then quickly converted his chance. To be fair, the young midfielder was put under a lot of pressure in his own box after an ill-advised attempt to play it out from the back from the Hertha goalkeeper. Still, it wasn’t a pretty sight.
While it is a good sign that Allan is being handed a debut in this situation, it’s probably not great for the young player’s confidence. Hopefully he’ll get many more opportunities to prove himself against German teams that aren’t in the same league as the Barcelonas and Real Madrids of the world.
You can watch highlights of his performance below.