Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he told his players to play 'Joe Allen football' ahead of their Premier League encounter against Watford at Anfield on Sunday.
Allen's beautiful passing game has been admired by fans and pundits alike in recent weeks and it appears that Klopp wanted his players to follow suit against Quique Sanchez Flores' side.
The Reds sealed a 2-0 victory over the Hornets thanks to goals from Allen and substitute Roberto Firmino. It completed a fine week for the club, who had previously claimed their place in this season's Europa League final.
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Allen, of course, has enjoyed a prominent role under Klopp and appears to be going from strength-to-strength under his guidance. The Welshman once again played a significant role on Merseyside and Klopp has hailed him as a 'wonderful boy'.
In fact, following the club's latest win, Klopp insisted that things would have been 'completely different' if Allen hadn't played.
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Joe Allen Football
As reported by the club's official website, the German coach stated: "In the meeting today I said it would be cool if we could play ‘Joe Allen football’ – brilliant technique, hard-working, very lively, very energetic. He is a great player. In good teams with more good players than you need, you have situations like this [rotation].
"But he takes the situation brilliantly, he is a wonderful boy and professional football player. That’s really good. Today without Joe would have been completely different. So I’m completely fine with him."
Fighting for his future
Let's be honest, before Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool boss, the writing appeared to be on the wall for Allen: his Liverpool career looked all but over.
Ultimately, the former Swansea City man was struggling for opportunities and often found himself as a scapegoat when results didn't go his side's way.
Now, though, things have changed and Allen is establishing himself as a very important player indeed. With just over one year remaining on his contract, there's no reason why he won't be handed a new deal.
Klopp clearly likes him and he's clearly an exceptional squad player for the club. Of course, it's crucial that he continues to prove his credentials for the club on a consistent basis, but there's no reason why the club's hierarchy won't look to reward him with a new deal ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
Liverpool fans: should your club hand Allen a new deal? Have your say below!