Mark Lawrenson: Jurgen Klopp can bring out best in this Liverpool star
Mark Lawrenson believes Joe Allen still has a future at Liverpool
Joe Allen does have a future at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, according to Mark Lawrenson.
The Wales international made his first start of the season in all competitions in Liverpool’s 6-1 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.
Allen has found his first-team opportunities limited under Brendan Rodgers and Klopp in the Premier League, making three appearances from the bench.
The former Swansea City midfielder has been linked with a potential move to Premier League strugglers Aston Villa in the January transfer window.
However, former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Lawrenson believes Klopp is capable of getting the best out of 25-year-old Welshman.
“There’s still a place for Joe Allen at Liverpool,” Lawrenson wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“Jurgen Klopp has made a happy knack of bringing more out of his players, particularly those who have largely been underachieving. And Allen is no exception.
“I thought his performance against Southampton was impressive. It was exactly the kind of display that prompted Brendan Rodgers to spend big on him back in 2012.
“There’s no doubt Allen has been hampered by the praise showered on him by Rodgers on his arrival, and the fact his transfer fee was far too much at the time.”
Speaking to The Sport Review in October, Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein suggested that Allen could have a bleak future under the former Borussia Dortmund manager.
““Allen is someone who is great on the ball but you don’t see him as a ball winner. He needs to have both sides to his game,” Honigstein said.
Allen joined Liverpool in a £15m deal from Swansea in 2012 as he became one of Rodgers’s first signing as Reds manager.