Everyone is absolutely loving Joe Allen right about now.
The Welshman has been in fantastic form and has helped his country to top Group B at Euro 2016 with victories over Slovakia and Russia, despite a devastating defeat against England.
The diminutive midfielder has gone from scapegoat to fan favourite at Liverpool this season and it seems he’s definitely loved amongst Wales players as well.
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That’s because, before the tournament, Wales captain Ashley Williams revealed that the Wales camp often have a ‘Joe Allen Appreciation Day.’
"We have a WhatsApp messaging group and at least once a week we have a Joe Allen Appreciation Day," Williams told Wales Online. "Great beard, great haircut, great guy, he’s the main man in the squad. Class player too."
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And it appears the idea of a Joe Allen Appreciation Day has caught on. After his Man of the Match performance for Wales against Russia on Monday night, Liverpool fans on Twitter have got involved to celebrate everything great about their midfielder.
After the 3-0 win over Russia, Allen said: “What a night, one I’ll never forget.”
He produced a sublime through ball to Aaron Ramsey for Wales’ opener last night but there’s much more than ability to love about the former Swansea man.
From his love of chickens to his impressive beard, Kopites have been waxing lyrical on their first official #JoeAllenAppreciationDay on Twitter. Check out some of the best tweets:
While it’s plainly obvious that Liverpool supporters adore Allen, the same can’t necessarily be said about their manager Jurgen Klopp.
Allen’s contract on Merseyside expires next summer and it remains to be seen whether the German will offer him a new deal in the coming months.
Allen appeared in 34 appearances in all competitions for the Reds this last campaign but, with the likes of Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and the incoming Marko Grujic, there will be plenty of completion for a central midfield role next season.
Today, the Liverpool Echo ran a poll asking fans ‘Should Liverpool keep Joe Allen?’ The two options were: ‘Yes. No Allen, no party and all that” or “No. His performances at the Euro’s will only increase the fee!’
There’s no prizing for guessing which answer had 80% of the votes at the time of writing. Yes, the vast majority want the Welsh Pirlo to stay at the club.
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