Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has intimated that he’ll not decide whether to renew Joe Allen’s contract until the end of the season, the Echo reports.
The Welshman’s deal expires in 2017, and has of yet, there’s been no indication from the club that he’ll get an extension.
Worryingly for the 26-year-old, when asked about Allen’s contract, Klopp suggested he hadn’t yet made up his mind – despite the midfielder’s excellent recent form.
“It is not for me to decide now,” he began.
“Since I’ve been here Joe Allen was too often injured but now he is in a great shape.
“For me it is not the time for me to talk about this.”
Since Klopp took over, Allen’s chances have been sparse, but he’s definitely reclaimed a reputation which was broken during Brendan Rodgers’ tenure.
Allen’s been good whenever called upon, and has added a creative streak to his bow. With Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, Liverpool’s starting central midfielders, injured until the end of the season – Allen will likely be a starter for the rest of the campaign.
If he continues playing so well, he’ll surely get his deal, but it’s good that Klopp is making Allen work for it.
In terms of the injuries, the manager is happy we’ve sufficient options to get us through the remainder of the Premier League and our Europa League adventure.
“It could be better but I am fine,” Klopp said.
“Everyone can see how well he did when Joe Allen came in so it is a really good opportunity for him.
“Lucas Leiva is here, Kevin Stewart is here and we have Pedro Chirivella and Cameron Brannagan so we have a few boys still for the central positions.
“We cannot bring them altogether but we have to give them confidence to believe they can do it, especially with the young boys.
“We want to take everything we can get out of this season and that means being ready for Bournemouth.”