Once upon a time, Joe Allen was a bit of a scapegoat at Liverpool.
Nowadays though, the ‘Welsh Xavi’ is becoming a fan favourite at Anfield.
Earlier this week, Jurgen Klopp admitted he will decide Allen’s future at the end of the season with the Welshman’s contract expiring in 2017.
“It is not for me to decide now,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“Since I’ve been here Joe Allen was too often injured but now he is in a great shape.
“For me it is not the time for me to talk about this.”
Allen came on in the 62 minute against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday - five minutes after Marco Reus had seemingly put the tie beyond Liverpool.
But the Welshman’s composure in the midfield helped the Reds complete an incredible comeback.
He was rewarded with a start in today’s Premier League fixture against Bournemouth and obviously impressed Liverpool fans - just look at their brilliant tweets below.
Allen could play an important role for Klopp’s side for the remainder of the season. Captain Jordan Henderson has been ruled out for the campaign and Emre Can picked up an ankle injury in the victory over Dortmund which will see him miss up to six weeks.
It means Allen is likely to be given a regular starting position in the Reds line-up in the final few weeks of the season as they seek Europa League glory. They face Villarreal over two-legs in the semi-final of the European competition while they hope to qualify for Europe through their league position.