Liverpool’s exciting young Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues is set to join Belgian Pro League outfit Sint-Truiden on loan for the rest of the season.
Without a work permit allowing him to play for the Reds at this stage, Allan was in line for another loan move after his spell with Finnish side SJK came to an end in October.
Having impressed Jurgen Klopp in training at Melwood since his return, the 18-year-old is set to gain more experience at Sint-Truiden.
Melissa Reddy reports that Allan will join the Belgian side for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign, with the move likely to be finalised on Thursday evening.
Sint-Truiden are currently 11th in the Pro League table, and will be hoping Allan aid their cause as they push for top-half finish in 2016.
From Allan’s perspective, this will provide another vital learning curve, after the midfielder gained significant experience with two months at SJK.
Speaking at the beginning of the year, Allan explained how his spell in Finland had made him more “mature.”
“I trained in the morning, studied English in the afternoon and stayed home alone at night,” he said.
“I entered restaurants and asked for something to eat but the waiter wouldn’t understand anything. And I would leave apologising, and ashamed.
“It was hard, but I grew up with all this and today I find myself more mature as a man.”
Returning to Liverpool to feature in a clutch of behind-closed-doors friendlies, Allan has impressed, with his creative play in the midfield providing the Reds’ U21s with an added sheen.
Having already developed a strong relationship with his fellow Brazilians at Liverpool, Allan will join another pair of South Americans at Sint-Truiden in Chelsea loanees Joao Rodriguez and Cristian Cuevas.
This latest loan move is perfect for Liverpool, with Allan unable to play for the club until he is granted a work permit.
Allan can continue to hone his skills in a demanding, first-team environment in Belgium, lining up against sides such as Anderlecht and Gent, ahead of a possible role in Klopp’s senior squad in the near future.