Joe Allen is set to extend his stay at Liverpool, news that has been met with a mixed reaction…
It was confirmed earlier this week by members of the national press, including the Daily Mail, that Liverpool have opened talks with midfielder Joe Allen over an extension to his current contract.
The Welshman was one of Brendan Rodgers’ first signings as Liverpool boss, with the former Swansea City pair both arriving at Anfield in the summer of 2012.
Allen, 24, has since made 87 appearances for the Reds in all competitions, and looks well set to become an integral member of our squad for years to come, with a new long-term offer now on the table.
Despite the success he’s already enjoyed at the club, this news has been met with a certain amount of disdain by a small minority of Liverpool fans, who are quick to point out the fact that tying down Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling should be of greater priority to the Reds hierarchy.
However, there are plenty of positives to take from this news, including the five that we’ve picked out below:
5) Manchester City
While it was Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho who grabbed the headlines during our recent 2-1 victory over Premier League champions Manchester City, the contribution of Allen should not be forgotten. Despite being up against the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva, the Welshman controlled the midfield throughout the game, while he also set up a number of chances for his teammates as he drove them forward from the centre of the park.