After joining Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan from Liverpool last summer, Allan Rodrigues struggled to break into the first-team over the first half of the season.

However, in recent weeks and months, the Brazilian central midfielder has impressed Pal Dardai and earned a regular starting role in the side, featuring in each of the last six games, starting four after failing to make a single appearance since December.

The 20-year-old is unable to feature for Liverpool as he’s yet to secure a work permit, meaning he will likely have to spend another season out on loan in order to improve his chances of receiving one in the future.

Hertha are keen on bringing him back for a second loan spell next season given the progress he’s made in recent months but sporting director Michael Preetz has revealed that Liverpool will only sanction a loan if Hertha qualify for the Europa League.

“We’ve lodged our wish to loan Allan for another year with Liverpool,” Preetz told Kicker.

“Principally, the English are up for it, but they would like us to be a guaranteed starter in the group stages of Europa League.”

Currently occupying fifth place in the Bundesliga, Hertha are in-line to secure an automatic play in next season’s Europa League group stages. A win in their final game of the season at home to Bayer Leverkusen would confirm their qualification.

A point against Leverkusen would secure them at least a place in the qualifying rounds of the competition, while a defeat allows both Freiburg and Cologne to jump them in the table.

Allan has made 15 appearances across all competitions for Hertha this season.

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