Allen's future on Merseyside is in doubt.

Jordan Henderson's injury hands Joe Allen lifeline to save Liverpool career

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If there's one player that splits opinion amongst Liverpool fans, it's Joe Allen.

The 26-year-old was brought to the club in 2012 by then-manager Brendan Rodgers, who arrived from the very same club - Swansea City - and during the very same transfer window.

Bought for £15 million, the general consensus was that Liverpool had vastly overpaid for a player with just one Premier League season under his belt.


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The idea of moving to a 'big club' would have undoubtedly been too good to turn down for Allen, yet upon his arrival, the Reds were in transition having recently spent big on the likes of Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll.

And just like the latter two, Allen struggled to adapt. A technical midfielder, the Wales international suited Rodgers' possession-based philosophy yet the expectation heaped on his shoulders - he was heralded as the 'Welsh Xavi' by his manager - ultimately hindered his progress.

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Injuries have played their part in Allen's struggles, of course, and it's reached the point where Liverpool fans have come to accept he isn't the player that promised so much back in 2012.

However, Allen's luck could finally be about to change. Despite playing a peripheral role for much of this campaign, the Welshman has enjoyed some moments to remember, including a late equaliser against Arsenal in the Premier League and a winning penalty to send Liverpool through to the Capital One Cup final.

Furthermore, news that captain Henderson will be out for approximately eight weeks with a knee injury will give Allen renewed hope of a sustained run in the Liverpool side to showcase his importance and ability with seven games remaining.

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And his performance against Stoke City on Sunday suggested he's capable of just that. The 26-year-old was energetic and creative throughout and earned rare praise from fans and even manager Jurgen Klopp.

His future remains in doubt at Anfield, yet the absence of Henderson has potentially handed Allen a lifeline to save his Liverpool career and finally justify the £15 million spent on him four years ago.

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