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Brendan Rodgers and co are apparently very keen on securing the services of the 18-year-old.

Here are five facts on why the little Brazilian would be a key part of a growing Liverpool squad.

Liverpool are keen on securing a £500,000 deal with SC Internacional (Brazil) for the transfer of 18-year-old Allan Rodrigues de Souza, or Allan as he is better known. Here are 5 facts about the Brazilian to familiarize everyone with a possible incoming player:

– Allan caught the eye of Liverpool scouts at the Frenz International Cup 2015, where he started five out of the six matches for the U18s of Internacional, only resting in the final group match where his side dismantled a Japanese side 5-1. Internacional went on to win the cup, defeating the U18s sides of Valencia and Porto along the way. Allan scored against both Valencia and Porto. Both goals were world class as well, one from nearly 40 yards out, the other from a free kick about 25 yards out.

– Allan’s club, Internacional, has a rich history of players who have gone on to play for bigger clubs; the most recognizable player is Alexandre Pato, who was signed by AC Milan after they had defeated Liverpool in the Champions League Final in 2007. A few other players who have gone on to bigger clubs (with the club they were signed by followed by the year they left Internacional) include: Nilmar – Lyon, Villareal (2004), Luiz Adriano – Shakhtar Donetsk, AC Milan (2007), Sandro – Tottenham, QPR (2010), Fred – Shakhtar Donetsk (2010), Taison – Shakhtar Donetsk (2010).

– If signed by Liverpool, Allan would be the only Brazilian in the youth system, but he would be the fourth Brazilian at the club currently. Lucas Leiva joined Liverpool in 2007 from Grêmio (Brazil), which happens to be Internacional’s biggest rival; Philippe Coutinho came through the Vasco da Gama (Brazil) youth system and joined Liverpool in 2013; Roberto Firmino came through the Figueirense (Brazil) system and joined Liverpool in 2015.

– He would be the third academy signing this week alone, joining Bobby Adekanye (Nigerian/Dutch) from Barcelona and Brooks Lennon (American) from Real Salt Lake (USA). Liverpool being linked with Allan reveals how the transfer committee has highlighted the importance of bolstering their youth system. Allan would most likely be added to Neil Critchley’s U18 squad, but I would not be surprised to see him feature for the U21 squad a few times in the upcoming season.

– The manager of the first team at Internacional, Diego Aguirre, who rates Allan very highly, began his playing career with Liverpool Fútbol Club (Uruguay) in 1983. He managed Sebastián Coates (former Liverpool FC and current Sunderland player), Gastón Ramírez (Southampton), and Abel Hernández (Hull) in the 2009 U20 World Cup when he managed Uruguay.

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