Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp welcomes Allan back after title-winning SJK loan
Liverpool starlet Allan Rodrigues de Souza is eager build on a title-winning loan spell in Finland after being welcomed back to Anfield by Jurgen Klopp.
Allan, 18, joined Liverpool in September from Brazilian side Internacional before joining Finnish side Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho on loan.
The midfielder scored two goals and made another five in eight games for SJK to help the club to their first ever Veikkausliiga title ahead of Finnish giants HJK Helsinki.
Allan returned to Liverpool's Melwood training complex on Thursday to be greeted by Klopp -- - who replaced Brendan Rodgers in early October -- and showed off his HJK No.28 shirt and league winners' medal to his new coach.
"It was a very important experience for me -- it was good to get some game time as I hadn't been playing in a while," Allan told the club's official website. "I had never played a game at professional level before, so it was very valuable time I've spent there.
"It's only been seven years since SJK were founded, and they were a second-division club until recently. They had finished third in the league two years ago and were runners-up last season, and now this year we've won the league. I'm very happy we did it.
"European football is not like Brazilian football -- the game pace and dynamic on the ball are very different. I tried to settle in as quickly as possible. I had little time to adapt and so I did my best to get familiar with it as fast as I could.
"Liverpool were in contact with me on a daily basis. They were very caring indeed."
Allan says that fellow Brazilians Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have been important since he joined the club, adding: "I had to fly to Liverpool on the same day people told me about the club's interest in signing me.
"I was a little bit scared as it was out of the blue -- I wasn't expecting it -- but I received a warm welcome from the Brazilians when I first got here. They took me to their houses, asked me if I needed anything and gave me all the support they could.
"They said I could rely on them for anything I needed. They couldn't have done more than they did. They are wonderful people and I know I can count on them. I've been in touch with them regularly -- and Lucas recently said I'm a great prospect, which made me feel happy.
"I've spoken to them recently and they congratulated me for my time in Finland. It feels so nice to get [their] input [as they are] football heroes in Brazil and across the world."
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Asked about the future, Allan said: "Now that I'm back, I'll do some tests and then I'm off to Brazil to see my family.
"I'll be focusing on my training sessions at Liverpool for the next month or two when I return and we'll see what happens after that, but I trust Liverpool and rely on their decision -- I'll do whatever they feel is appropriate for me.
"For now, my main objective is to gain more experience -- it's not yet the time to think about winning big things.
"I will take it step by step, with both feet on the ground, humility and hard work. In the long-term, my objectives will be more than simply train and play here -- ultimately, one day in the future, I want to win and bring joy to the Liverpool supporters and much more.
"I'm a fighter and I'll stick together with the team and go the extra mile. You can count on me as I'll give my best to help Liverpool."