It appears Joe Allen’s Liverpool tenure could sadly be nearing its close, if James Pearce in the Echo is right.
He suggests the Welshman will decide to leave this summer in the hope for more regular first-team football, with Jurgen Klopp not able to offer him guaranteed minutes next season – especially now we’ve missed out on Europe and will therefore play far less fixtures in 2016/17.
Allen’s contract runs out at the end of next term, so our only chance of recouping some of the money we spent on him back in 2012 will be during the upcoming transfer window.
Pearce claims that Swansea, the club we signed him from, are the most likely destination. Allen was a star name with Swansea, and would earn a hero’s welcome back.
It’d sad to see Allen go after probably his best season in a red shirt. The midfielder was always mocked for being Brendan Rodgers’ favourite, but it’s under Klopp he’s visibly improved. The 26-year-old has scored the odd goal and controlled our tempo when selected, coming on as a sub to change the game in the Europa League Final ahead of club captain Jordan Henderson.
With Marko Grujic signing and Piotr Zielinski on his way, Allen’s chances may be limited if he chooses to stay and fight for a spot.
If he does depart, he ought to be congratulated for the professional manner in which he carried himself and the way he won over supporters who used to criticise him horribly.