It all looked so promising this summer for Liverpool.
Finishing fourth in the Premier League, the Reds were set to spend big on the transfer market, backing Jürgen Klopp to the hilt as they looked to improve on last season.
So far, however, it’s all been a bit of a mess.
First, there was the Virgil Van Dijk saga, then came the Keita Baldé-Mohamed Salah-Gelson Martins mess, and now we have a problem with Allan.
The 20-year-old defensive midfielder was sent last season on loan to Hertha Berlin, with many expecting him to be a solid player for the Bundesliga side, but that just wasn’t the case.
Making only 16 appearances in all competitions, the Brazil U20 international clearly didn’t impress greatly, but the German club had seen a flash of talent and weren’t totally against keeping him for another season.
Bild report on Tuesday that Hertha have now refused to take him again next year as Liverpool are demanding too much.
Klopp would like to see Allan play a lot more than he has done, and the club want assurances on this, while Liverpool now expect a loan fee, which wasn’t the case last season.
Furthermore, Hertha Berlin already have a young player of their own to develop in that role in Arne Maier, so it’s not like they need him.
This is problematic for Liverpool, as Allan still can’t qualify for a work permit, seeing as he hasn’t played enough in a top league, and isn’t a first-team player for Brazil.
Before the summer holidays, Allan said he was hoping he could return to Berlin with Hertha. Unfortunately for him, that wish doesn’t look like it’s going to come true.