CONFIRMED: Allan Rodrigues joins Hertha Berlin on season-long loan

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Young Liverpool midfielder Allan Rodrigues has sealed his season-long loan move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.

The highly-rated 19-year-old joins the German club for the entirety of the 2016/17 season as he looks to mature as a player.

Allan returned to Liverpool this summer, after a short stint with Belgian side Sint-Truiden, in the hope of being granted a UK work permit.

That hasn’t been the case, however, and it is believe moving to Germany will aid him in that respect.

The Brazilian joined the Reds from Internacional for £500,000, having impressed in their youth team, but he was swiftly loaned out to Finnish outfit SJK.

He managed eight appearances for them, scoring twice and enjoying five assists, before his aforementioned spell in Belgium.

Allan’s chances of first-team football at Liverpool this season would always have been restricted, regardless of work-permit issues.

With the likes of Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner all ahead of him in the midfield pecking order, a move elsewhere makes perfect sense.

HELSINKI, FINLAND - Friday, July 31, 2015: Liverpool's new face Allan Rodrigues de Sousa warms up before a friendly match against HJK Helsinki at the Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Allan is very highly thought-of at Anfield, it will be very interesting to see how he fares at Hertha next season, should he manage plenty of first-team action.

Speaking in March, Jurgen Klopp described Allan as an “outstanding talent,” expressing his disappointment at not being able to field him in his squad.

“When I came here, one or two months later Allan was here and I said ‘who is this?’,” he explained.

“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.”

 

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