Following his sterling performances for Wales at Euro 2016, Joe Allen could have been forgiven for expecting a host of top European clubs to be courting his name over recent weeks.
Disappointment probably isn’t the word, but the news that Swansea City are the club that appear to have the strongest interest in signing the midfielder is surely underwhelming. Allen, of course, left the Welsh club in 2012 so he would be forgiven for interpreting a move back as a backward step.
According to Sky Sources, the Swans are keenly monitoring Allen’s impending contract negotiations with Liverpool and, depending on their outcome, may swoop for the 26-year-old.
Allen has just one year left on his contract at Anfield and has made it clear that he wants that uncertainty extinguished long before the contract ends next year. However, when asked about the current situation, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp didn’t give too much away.
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First team football is a priority for Allen at this stage in his career and he will be keen to improve on the eight starts he made in the league last season.
Klopp certainly appeared to prefer several of his Liverpool team-mates, including James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Lucas last season – so convincing Allen he will see more first team time over the coming campaign will be crucial in convincing him to remain on at the club.
Allen is enjoying a well-earned rest following Wales’ stunning run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 at the moment. However, a new contract at Liverpool would ensure this season begins as positively as last season ended.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena