Liverpool midfielder Allan Rodrigues has signed a new contract, before completing his season-long loan move to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.
Allan has been training with Frankfurt since the beginning of July, featuring in their recent pre-season friendlies, including on their tour of the United States.
The Brazilian is currently ineligible for a UK work permit, but Jurgen Klopp is still an admirer of his talents, with the Reds planning for his future.
He will spend the 2018/19 campaign under Adi Hutter in an effort to qualify to play in England next summer, while gaining valuable first-team experience.
Having joined Liverpool for £500,000 in 2015, Allan is yet to feature for the first team, and has only turned out in behind-closed-doors friendlies for his parent club.
With a strong contingent of his compatriots forming at Anfield, including a fellow Internacional alumni in Alisson, he will be eager to establish himself under Klopp in the future.
Speaking shortly after his appointment as manager, Klopp hailed Allan as “an outstanding talent,” ruing the restrictions on his availability:
“When I came here, one or two months later Allan was here and I said ‘who is this?’.
“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 lineup?’
“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.”
Allan spent the first months of his Liverpool career on loan with Finnish side SJK, before joining Sint-Truiden in the Belgian First Division A for the remainder of 2015/16.
He endured mixed fortunes with Hertha Berlin in 2016/17, playing against the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund but struggling to hold down a regular starting role.
Last season’s move to Apollon Limassol proved to be a wasted venture, and Allan’s campaign was cut short by a shoulder injury that required surgery in April.
This term could be seen as Allan’s best opportunity to secure a first-team place at a side with ambitions of a solid finish in the German top flight, and who are competing in the Europa League.
If his switch to Commerzbank-Arena proves a success, the hope will be he is granted a work permit and can finally settle into a role within Klopp’s squad, as with Taiwo Awoniyi.