Joe Allen has been one of the standout performers of Jurgen Klopp’s short reign at the club so far.
Competition in centre midfield means he’s not enjoyed as much game time as Jordan Henderson or Emre Can, but when he’s been on the pitch he’s been a calming influence – hardly misplacing a pass or mistiming a tackle. In fact, we were arguably much better in the second half against Dortmund once he replaced the injured Henderson at half time.
Despite all that, he is not assured of his Anfield future. The 26-year-old will enter the final year of his contract this summer, and with the arrival of Grujic and rumours of other potential transfers, he might yet find himself surplus to requirements.
The Welshman is under no illusions, he know’s his Liverpool career is on the line:
“At a club like Liverpool you are always playing for your future,” Allen said (via Echo).
“Maybe more so now than ever before for me but it’s not something I’ve thought too much about or focused too much on.
“It’s just a case of looking forward to games like Thursday night.
“Of course I hope I start. It’s a huge game. Every single player in the squad will be hoping the same.
“My focus all season has been on staking a claim. Inevitably there are injuries and suspensions throughout the season so you will get opportunities.
“My aim hasn’t changed. It’s about trying to make sure when you get an opportunity that you take it with both hands.
“There is a lot still to play for this season and there’s still a lot to achieve. I want to be a part of that.”
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