Jurgen Klopp truly is a class act.
The manner in which he dealt with the club’s departures in the summer transfer window recognised just how much time he had for every player and how much he valued what they had to offer.
Even though the German didn’t see them as part of his plans, he made sure each of them found the right move away from the club.
Stoke City’s Joe Allen will return to Anfield to face his old teammates on Tuesday and Klopp has hailed the midfielder’s impact since moving away from Merseyside.
He told Sky Sports: “Do we miss Joe Allen? Yes. Nice guy. Unbelievable, strong player. It was a common decision. It was clear after the last two years, not being a fixed line-up player.”
“He plays a little more offensive now than what he would for us. If Liverpool FC sells a player, then they have to have a real impact at their next club. If you leave us, okay, then show us what you’ve learned.”
Klopp’s admiration for Allen suggests he will be paying close attention to the threat that he poses next week.
He has grown into his more advanced role under Mark Hughes and has moulded into an influential figure and one capable of testing Liverpool’s work rate.
As loyal a servant as he was, let’s hope it is an unhappy return for the Welshman.