In today’s transfer roundup Carragher says that Allen is likely to have played his last game as a Liverpool player and Piotr Zielinski will not be coming to Merseyside.
According to Jamie Carragher, Joe Allen may have appeared in a Liverpool shirt for the last time. The Welshman’s future has been shrouded in doubt for a few months with the central midfielder finding it difficult to come by regular football.
While Allen may be set to leave Liverpool after a largely unsuccessful spell on Merseyside, Carragher feels that the club should hold out for a large offer before relinquishing Allen. His performances in France with Wales at the European Championships have sent his stock soaring and this plays into Liverpool’s hands. Any club interested in his services will have to pay handsomely.
“Allen has been at Liverpool for three or four years, and he has done well, but it probably hasn’t quite gone as according to plan as he would have liked,” Carragher says in the Liverpool Echo.
“It has proven difficult for him to cement a first choice position, he became more of a squad player towards the end of Brendan Rodgers’ time, and in the beginning of Jürgen Klopp’s reign.
“But every time he came on as sub last year he was outstanding, always changed the game and kept the flow of the game going.
“It will be unfortunate if he moves on, but I think Jürgen Klopp is looking for a player in that position, so if a good offer came in for him then fair enough, because they certainly shouldn’t sell him for buttons.
“He is a good player and, on the back of a good tournament, maybe there will be a parting of the ways.
“I think Jürgen Klopp is looking for different things in that midfield.”
Klopp’s pursuit of Piotr Zielinski seems to be drawing to an unsuccessful end. The Liverpool Echo are reporting that Reds have admitted defeat with the Udinese midfielder likely to join AC Milan.
It has been well publicized that the Reds have been keen to bring Zielinski to Anfield but by all appearances Liverpool’s efforts have been for nought. An £11.75 million bid for the Poland international was rejected earlier this month – this in spite of the player’s obvious desire to join Liverpool.
Liverpool are shorthanded in midfield and with Allen’s likely departure the situation is only likely to get worse.