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Joe Allen: The Welsh Xavi?

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During the summer of 2012, following Brendan Rodgers' appointment as Liverpool manager, one of his first signings came in the shape of a young central midfielder.

After previously working with him at Swansea, Rodgers had a lot of faith in his new signing after paying out around £15m for his services.

Just like several other newcomers from the Brendan Rodgers era, Allen has failed to make an impression for the Reds since his arrival. The midfielder has had limited opportunities for the historic club, and has only really had the chance to play down to injuries or by coming off the substitutes bench.

After completing the transfer, Rodgers claimed he could double Allen's transfer value over the next few years. However, it hasn't really planned out like that at all so far. After playing in a defensive central midfield role for the Swans prior to the move to Anfield, Allen has rarely been able to play here due to the likes of Lucas Leiva already at the club.

With the managers intention to convert fan-favourite Steven Gerrard to start in this position as well, the probability of seeing the 23-year-old sat in front of the Liverpool defence reduces even further.

However, with the club captain in his thirties and Lucas Leiva seeming injury prone, Allen may feature more regularly in front of the Kop across the next year or so. As the price tag was so high for the Welshman, it put a lot of pressure on him along with the fact that he was now playing for one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

This obviously hasn't helped the situation; however, I hope Allen gains more playing time in future fixtures as I believe that he can eventually prove his worth.


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