Liverpool Echo names the Reds stars who most divided fans’ opinion

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How valuable is Joe Allen to Liverpool?

Off the back of further discussion regarding Liverpool’s current Mr. Marmite – the Liverpool Echo has hand-picked five former players who also divided opinion.

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It’s a big week for the Reds, as we prepare for a crucial match with huge top four implications. Allen has impressed in recent games alongside Jordan Henderson in midfield, but came under-fire for his performance against Manchester United last month.

Despite a number of supporters arguing over his worth to the Liverpool team, Allen is well-liked by Brendan Rodgers, who brought him to the club from Swansea City back in 2012, as well as Wales manager Chris Coleman – who credits him with making the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey tick.

In the list below we count down the Echo’s list, as well as a few of our own. How many of these players did you love, and how many did you not?

8) Ronnie Whelan

As the Echo explains, it’s not always going to easy when you play in the same team as Graeme Souness, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish. For many, Whelan was one of the unsung heroes of that Liverpool squad. The versatile midfielder played close to 500 games for the Reds, winning six first division titles, three FA Cups and the European Cup, as well as a host of other major honours. Spent an impressive total of 15 years at Anfield.

Ronnie Whelan

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