Liverpool have finally sold Brazilian midfielder Allan after five years at the club. He never did play a game, however.

Allan has returned to Brazil, joining Atletico Mineiro for £3.2m and a 10% sell-on fee, per the Echo. That’s quite the profit for Liverpool, given they signed him for £500k and never used him once.

Allan in action for Fluminense

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Not that he lacked the talent. Allan simply never got work-permit and thus couldn’t play in England. A series of six loans in five different countries followed before Liverpool finally cashed in.

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Given the initial fee and Allan only having six months left on his deal, this is great business for Liverpool. The only real problem with it is the confirmation that we’ll never see him play for the club.

Allan arrived with some hype back in 2015 but work-permit issues prevented his debut. No one imagined that he’d literally never get one, though.

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The Brazilian, now 22, had caught Jurgen Klopp’s eye back in 2016. The Liverpool boss clearly loved what he saw in Allan and it’s a real shame he never got to utilise him properly.

Allan with Jurgen Klopp

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“I saw him in training and I thought ‘oh my God, what can we do to keep this boy here and bring him into the line-up?’,” Klopp said back then. “He’s 19 years old, an outstanding talent, a good player with a good attitude, everybody loves him, he’s a nice lad – so that’s really, really good. He’s a smart player.”

Allan is certainly a very talented player and it’s no real surprise that Liverpool made sure to get a sell-on clause in there. While it’s a shame how things worked out, this deal represents the best of an unfortunate situation.

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