Jurgen Klopp says his initial reaction to seeing young Liverpool midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza in training was ‘oh my God’.
Liverpool signed Allan from Internacional last summer but have been unable to play the 19-year-old due to work permit issues, instead loaning him out to Finnish side SJK and then Belgian outfit Sint-Truidense, for whom he playing regularly at the moment.
Klopp told: “When I came here, one or two months later Allan was here and I said ‘who is this?’ ‘He is a player for us and the week before he became a champion in Finland.’ ‘Interesting – why didn’t he play here?’ ‘Because it’s not possible.’ And then I started learning about the FA rules and things like 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 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.
Allan has received a call-up for a Brazil Under-20 training camp in Rio, and Klopp is crossing his fingers he will soon be able to include the youngster in a Liverpool squad.
Klopp added: “There is no chance in this moment here because he can’t get the permission to play here, so we have to send him out on loan. We sent him to Belgium and he did well, really well until now. We had no doubts about this, it was a good transfer for both sides.
“Now for the first time he has got an invitation for the national U20 team, and that’s great. It’s really deserved because he’s an outstanding talent. Everybody has seen him, but it’s not too easy to have a lot of pictures of him because most of the time he has played in other countries.
“We hope we can find a solution in the future because he will be a fixed part of the squad in the future, for sure. Now he uses this time to improve and the next step to the U20 national team of Brazil is a great story.”