Liverpool currently have no plans to enter contract talks with midfielder Joe Allen despite the fact his current deal is approaching its final 12 months, reports the Daily Mail.
Allen has divided opinion amongst Liverpool fans this season but has, at times, put in some impressive performances for Jurgen Klopp's men.
That was no truer than during the game against Villarreal on Thursday night. Despite the 1-0 defeat, Allen was widely praised by fans on social media for a dogged and determined display.
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However, it appears to have changed little in the mind of the Anfield transfer committee who don't seem to have any plans to keep the Welshman on Merseyside.
The fact that they currently have not thought about opening talks with Allen suggests they may be open to selling him in the summer window. Swansea City are believed to be interested in bringing him back to the Liberty Stadium in a move that could see him reunite with Brendan Rodgers.
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Rodgers was Allen's biggest fan at Liverpool and forked out £15million to sign him in 2012, later christening him as the 'Welsh Xavi'. With Rodgers now favourite to return to Swansea and take over from Francesco Guidolin in the summer, a move back to his homeland may well be forthcoming for the diminutive midfielder.
Liverpool will be hoping to get as much as £10m from Swansea but their negotiating position is significantly weakened by the fact that Allen's contract expires next summer.
Praise from Klopp
Allen had originally struggled for game time when Klopp took over in October but has since fought his way into the German's plans. Indeed, the 26-year-old has started three of Liverpool's last four games and made an appearance from the bench in the other, a 4-0 win over Everton.
Klopp was quick to praise Allen but could not confirm whether or not he would be given a new contract.
He recently said: "We will see what happens but for me it is not the time to talk. He is in brilliant shape at the moment and deserves a chance. But contract talks at the moment? No."
Fighting for his future
The player himself admitted he has been working extra hard to convince Klopp that he is worthy of a place in his squad. Speaking in January, Allen said contract talks went quiet when Rodgers left the club but was still hoping to reignite them.
Asked about contract talks, Allen said: “That is something which has gone very quiet.
“I am not too sure really. I have made only one league start this season and I want to play more, I think that is obvious for any player in that situation.
“From my point of view it is about knuckling down, doing my job and giving my best, which I always do.”
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