Having signed promising Internacional midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza in the summer of 2015 for a £500k fee, Liverpool have since been playing the waiting game, loaning the player out in the hopes that he can perform to a high enough level to qualify for an English work permit.
So far, Allan has spent time at SJK Seinajoki, Sint-Truiden, and then the past season at Hertha Berlin. As yet, a work permit has looked unlikely, and his 15 Hertha appearances this season aren't likely to change that. Yet it's appearances for a side like Hertha—sat fifth in the Bundesliga—that he will need to earn a work permit.
To that end, Liverpool have signalled to Hertha that they would be happy to send him back to Germany to continue his development next season. But only if Hertha can hold on to fifth and a place in the Europa League group stages. And they're currently a point up on Frieburg with one game to play.
"We've lodged our wish to loan Allan for another year with Liverpool," said Michael Preetz, Hertha's sporting director. "Principally the English are up for it, but they would like us to be a guaranteed starter in the group stages of the Europa League."
With a full season in Germany under his belt and Hertha playing more games, it would certainly improve the 20-year-old's chances of regular minutes next season. Beyond more minutes in general, his involvement in the Europa League would also improve his chances at earning a work permit.
Liverpool by all accounts continue to think highly of Allan, but the 2017-18 season will be a make it or break it one in regards to his Anfield future, as he will be down to the final year of his Liverpool deal next summer and at that point an English work permit and a chance to rejoin Liverpool will be essential.