Liverpool’s Brazilian starlet Allan Rodrigues de Souza is on the verge of securing a loan to Sint-Truiden until the end of the season, Goal can exclusively reveal.
The 18-year-old, who has been training with the first-team at Melwood and has made a massive impression on Jurgen Klopp, will travel to Belgium on Thursday night before concluding paperwork and undergoing a medical on Friday.
The Pro League side have 2004 Champions League winner Benni McCarthy as assistant manager, and the retired South Africa international’s fluency in Portuguese as well as the club’s offensive style of play were viewed as major positives by Liverpool.
Sint-Truiden already possess two South American youngsters on temporary deals from Chelsea, with Columbian Joao Rodriguez and Chilean Chrsitan Cuevas both fully aware of Allan’s talents having faced him at Under-17 level.
The young pair, aged 19 and 20 respectively, urged the De Kanaries to tie up the deal for an “unbelievable player” who can operate in the middle as both a destroyer and attacker.
Allan was pursued by Liverpool after his performance in last year’s Frenz International Cup, where he captained Internacional to victory in a competition also featuring Tottenham and Valencia.
They invited him to England, where he played two trial games for the Under-21s in April, and began negotiations with his Brazilian club over a permanent transfer. Allan was back on Merseyside in July and was integrated into the first team during pre-season and even found himself on the bench against HJK Helskini in August. His signing was confirmed on deadline day, as was an immediate loan move to SJK Seinajoki.
In nine months he had gone from winning an international youth tournament to helping the Finnish side clinch their first-ever league title. It is understood that after the competition of his loan spell, Allan will link up with Liverpool on their pre-season tour. Klopp is keen to fully integrate the gifted youngster into the senior side as soon as he secures a work permit.
Sint-Truiden are hoping that just as the teenager from Sao Paulo elevated SJK during his stint there, he will do the same as they push to surge up the standings. Allan, who recorded five assists, three man-of-the-match awards and two goals in Finland, is expected to stay in the same apartment block as McCarthy.
Liverpool will also regularly send representatives to monitor his progress, with a home game against second-placed Anderlecht at the end of the month of particular interest.