By Matt Farr
Liverpool midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza is set to extend his loan spell at Hertha Berlin for a further year, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim that discussions are already underway over the prospect of the youngster returning to the German club for next season.
Allan, 20, arrived at Liverpool in the summer of 2015, but has yet to appear for the club as he awaits work permit clearances.
However, having made just five Bundesliga starts for Hertha Berlin this term, he does not yet satisfy the necessary criteria.
As a result, Liverpool are looking to strike an agreement that will see the Brazil Under 20 international continue his development beyond Anfield next season.
The Reds had their reservations when Allan moved to Berlin at the start of the season as to his chances of securing regular first team football, with the midfielder making just 12 appearances in all competitions.
But they were determined to see their young asset test himself at a top-six club in one of Europe’s top leagues – Hertha Berlin currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga.
They are on course to secure qualification for the Europa League next season, and Liverpool are confident that playing in European competitions next season could boost Allan’s chances of gaining a work permit.
Allan will be unable to feature in a competitive game for Liverpool until he is granted a work permit, and has also spent time on loan at SJK Seinajoki and Sint-Truiden.
Football Insider verdict
It is difficult to judge Allan because he has yet to feature for Liverpool. However, his age and ability suggests he could be of considerable value to the club. The most important thing for his development though, is regular first-team football at a high level, and regardless of his work permit, that is what he needs first and foremost. Fortunately, Hertha Berlin represents an option that can tick both boxes for Liverpool, provided he can further force his way into the German club’s plans. He needs to become a more regular starter at the club if he re-joins next season, and that way, he will have the best possible chance of making an impact at Anfield, when the day finally comes around.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have taken a considerable forward step in the race to sign this heavily-coveted Premier League player.