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Liverpool’s Allan Heading to Belgium on Loan

Young midfielder Alan Rodrigues de Souza is set to spend the rest of the season on loan with Sint Truiden while waiting for his work permit to come through.

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Following a successful spell with Finnish champions SJK Seinajoki in the autumn, youngster Allan Rodrigues de Souza is expected to join Sint Truiden of the Belgian league for the remainder of the season. Allan impressed with SJK, helping them to the league title, and has impressed in training since returning to the Reds.

However, the 18-year-old Brazilian remains without a work permit after arriving from Internacional over the summer for a £500k fee, and to get playing time he will need to head to a club on the continent before the end of the January transfer window. After weighing up a handful of offers, multiple reports have Liverpool picking Sint Truiden.

The Belgian Pro League side were promoted to the top flight this season and currently sit comfortable in mid-table, and it is expected that Allan will see regular minutes as a first team player for the club Simon Mignolet began his career at. The young midfielder expects to have his work permit sorted in time to play for Liverpool next season.

"I wouldn’t be available in January because my work visa isn’t ready so I will be loaned out again," Allan told ESPN Brazil earlier in the month when asked about what the rest of the 2015-16 season held for him. "I’ll be back in the middle of 2016 even more ready and eager to play. [Jürgen Klopp] says that he likes my football and I have potential."

Allan scored two goals and added five assists in eight appearances for SJK as an attacking midfielder. The left footed Brazilian often played deeper for Internacional, though, usually taking on a deep-lying playmaker role alongside a defensive midfielder in a double-pivot.

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