“It was a very difficult decision” – 24-year-old Ace midfielder gives reason he left Liverpool to avoid the risk of ‘disappearing altogether’
Atletico Mineiro midfielder, Allan Rodrigues de Souza still believes he would have still been at the Anfield Outfit if things were up to him, but agreed that he was forced to return to his homeland for some reasons.
Liverpool FC signed Allan from Brazilian outfit Internacional in 2015 when he was just 18 years old. The midfielder subsequently had loan spells with SJK Seinajoki, Sint-Truiden, Hertha Berlin, Limassol, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Fluminense.
Recalling his time at Anfield, Allan admitted that the decision to leave the club was tough. However, the 24-year-old is of the view that he had to return to Brazil to avoid ‘disappearing altogether’. Allan told The Athletic [via Inside Futbol]:
“It was a very difficult decision to leave but my contract was coming to an end. I needed to play and show my football. I needed to return to Brazil to be close to my family and friends as it was a tough time not being able to play for Liverpool.
“I felt like it was the last bullet in the gun. I had to be successful in Brazil or run the risk of disappearing altogether.”
He continued:”I wanted to stay and if it was down to me I would still be at Liverpool. I did not want to go anywhere else. I wanted to stay there especially because of the friends I made like [Roberto] Firmino, but returning to Brazil proved to be the right decision. I was happy to join Liverpool but, unfortunately, it was not possible to play for them.”
Liverpool boss,Jurgen Klopp was reportedly a huge admirer of Allan’s capabilities while the reds were delighted with his spell in Germany.
However, Liverpool struggled to secure a work permit for the Brazilian. He eventually joined Atletico Mineiro in 2020 without making an appearance for the Premier League side.
The Brazilian midfielder has helped Atletico Mineiro win the Brazilian domestic double in December. The midfielder contributed immensely to the club in lifting their first league title in 50 years.