He’s a player that still comes in for undue criticism from some sections of the Liverpool support, but in the last couple of months it seems that Reds midfielder Joe Allen has started to prove the doubters wrong — if nothing else, the Welshman has got the boss on board.
“In the meeting today I said it would be cool if we could play ‘Joe Allen football’ — brilliant technique, hard-working, very lively, very energetic,” explained the Reds manager. “He is a great player. In good teams with more good players than you need, you have situations like this [rotation]. But he takes the situation brilliantly, he is a wonderful boy and professional football player. That’s really good,” added Klopp, obviously impressed. “Today without Joe would have been completely different. So I’m completely fine with him.”
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In the right place at the right time to open the scoring in the comfortable 2-0 win over Watford FC on Sunday, Allen got on the end of Christian Benteke’s knock-down before sliding a shot past Hornets ‘keeper Heurelho Gomes. Not known for his goal scoring prowess, it’ll be a memorable outing for the 26-year old and will do nothing to hurt his chances of earning himself a new deal at Anfield — or, a starting spot in the Europa League final.
“I can’t say there have been any changes on that,” said the Welshman when asked about his contract situation with his current deal having only one year left to run. “The manager has said that between now and the end of the season it’s not the right time to talk about those things. I think that works out well for everyone,” added the Reds midfielder before switching his focus to the meeting with Sevilla in the finale of the Europa League next week. “With the final looming we want to use every opportunity we get out there on the pitch to build momentum,” explained Allen. “Any time you step out for this team, you are playing to prove you should be involved in the next game, whatever that game is. But of course there is an added incentive in some ways when there’s a final coming up.”