Joe Allen’s long hair and beard has seen him dubbed as the Welsh Pirlo in recent weeks.
The midfielder’s impressive form has also helped as he bids to earn a new contract at Anfield.
The 26-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the next season and the former Swansea man is trying to impress Jurgen Klopp to earn himself a new deal on Merseyside. He’s certainly trying to make himself stand out to the German by growing luscious locks and facial hair which makes him look fairly similar to Italian midfielder Pirlo.
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But, according to the Liverpool Echo, there’s a chance that his hair and beard could soon disappear.
The newspaper have reported a story from comedian Willie Miller who spoke to Allen this weekend. Miller explained that the Welshman will get rid of his long hair and beard on one condition.
“We had Joe in the lounge at Anfield after the game on Sunday to pick up a Man of the Match award,” he said.
“He got a few questions about when the beard would be coming off and the hair cut. He wasn’t too keen to be fair but they kept at him and, in the end, he promised he’ll do it if he scores in the Europa League final.
“If it happens, we’ll do it in aid of Zoe’s Place (baby hospice).”
An unlikely feat
Despite Allen’s promise, it seems fairly unlikely that he will score against Sevilla in the final next Wednesday.
He will find it difficult to start ahead of Emre Can and James Milner and, even if he does, his record of seven goals in 129 appearances in all competitions for the club suggests it’s highly likely he'll still be a Piro look-a-like come the final whistle.
However, Allen’s strike against Watford on Sunday was his third goal of the current campaign - his best return since scoring four for Swansea in the 2011/12 season.
A goal in Basel would not only see his hair and beard disappear, it would also be another positive in his quest to earn himself a new contract.
The Times have reported that Klopp wants to postpone any contract talks with Allen until the end of the season with him seemingly still undecided on his future.
When he first arrived at the club in 2012 for £15 million, it’s fair to say Allen wasn’t a fan favourite at Anfield with him being made a bit of a scapegoat.
However, the perception from supporters have definitely changed and he has managed to win over Kopites who are now calling for Klopp to hand him a deserved new deal.
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