Jan Molby: Why Joe Allen has been unlucky at Liverpool
Jan Molby says Joe Allen has until the end of the season to save his Liverpool career
Jan Molby believes Joe Allen has been unlucky at Liverpool.
The Wales international has recently come back into favour under Jurgen Klopp after barely featuring under his predecessor, Brendan Rodgers.
If Allen doesn’t remain here, there wont be a shortage of good teams to take him
Allen has scored twice in his last three appearances for the Merseyside outfit against Premier League leaders Arsenal and League Two side Exeter City.
According to reports in the British media, Swansea City made an approach to sign their former midfielder in the January transfer window, but Liverpool rejected the proposal.
Former Denmark international Molby reckons Allen has the remainder of the season to impress Klopp and save his Liverpool career.
“Joe Allen has had a good week at Anfield, with two goals in two games,” Molby wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“It’s difficult to say on what the future holds for him, though.
“He’s mobile, he’s good with the ball, but sometimes you wish he would play with a bit more risk in his passing.
“He’s a deep lying midfielder who doesn’t commit many fouls and I know Klopp hates midfielders who do foul often, so you would imagine it’s ultimately about the end product.
“Obviously his career here is up in the air but it was good for him Liverpool refused to let him go to Swansea. He’ll get chances between now and the end of the season to impress and keep his career here alive.
“If Allen doesn’t remain here, there wont be a shortage of good teams to take him, that’s for sure.”]#]
Molby added: “He’s been unlucky here. He was expected to play a role that wasn’t him. I don’t mean in terms of his position or tactical instructions, but the personality he was expected to have.”
Allen, 25, has scored three times in 79 Premier League games for the 18-time English champions over the past five years.
The Wales international was Rodgers’s second signing as Liverpool manager after the Northern Irishman paid £15m to prise the midfielder from Premier League rivals Swansea in 2012.