Speaking at a press conference, discussing Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Stoke City, a journalist asked Jurgen Klopp about Joe Allen and if he misses the Welshman.
Liverpool have been in fine form this season and are second in the Premier League, just six points behind league leaders Chelsea who have 43 points. The Reds have been so impressive that players like Joe Allen and Christian Benteke, who are both very talented but were surplus to requirements at Anfield, have been forgotten.
Allen, in particular, was good for Liverpool and was massively important in the Reds’ 14 match unbeaten run in the 2013/14 season which almost saw them win the league.
But now, in order to find game time, he has had to move to Stoke City and he is thriving. In 16 Premier League games this season, Allen has scored five goals and created two.
Klopp has admitted to missing having Allen in the squad, saying, “Do we miss Joe Allen? Yes. He is a nice guy, having a big impact.”
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“We are happy he scores these goals but couldn’t have everything.”
Liverpool signed Georginio Wijnaldum for £23 million in the summer as Allen’s replacement and the Dutchman has been brilliant, even while fulfilling a different role than that which Allen occupied. Klopp’s admission that he regrets selling Joe Allen has less to do with what his team are doing without the Stoke City man but more down to his form.
If Allen had stayed on at Liverpool, it’s very likely that he would still be deputising to Jordan Henderson and Emre Can without the chance to play in the Europa League when Klopp rests his players. Allen’s move to Stoke was one which suited all parties and I bet that he doesn’t regret it, even if Klopp says he does.