Jamie Carragher expects Liverpool to sell Joe Allen

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Joe Allen was arguably in the form of his life during Euro 2016 and was a key man in Wales' historic run to the semi-finals before losing out to the eventual winners Portugal.

Since moving to Anfield four years ago, Allen has had to suffer plenty of criticism for failing to build on the potential he had previously shown at Swansea and was often made the scapegoat for any poor Liverpool performance, particularly under Brendan Rodgers.

But after so many good performances at a major international tournament, it seems the Welsh international still hasn't done enough to secure his future under Jurgen Klopp.

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And one of those who believe the midfielder could be on his way out of Anfield this summer is club legend, Jamie Carragher.

Allen's efforts at Euro 2016 were so impressive he was named in UEFA's Team of the Tournament but Carragher feels that his diminishing role at Liverpool over the past few years may just cost him.

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The ex-England international told the Daily Post: “He has been at Liverpool for three or four years, and he has done well, but it probably hasn’t quite gone as according to plan as he would have liked.

"It has proven difficult for him to cement a first-choice position. He became more of a squad player towards the end of Brendan Rodgers’ time, and in the beginning of Jurgen Klopp’s time."

Allen made just 19 Premier League appearances last season and despite expecting the Welshman to leave, Carragher was actually impressed with how he performed during the 2015/16 campaign.

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"Every time last year he came on as a sub he was outstanding when he came on, and always changed the game, kept the flow of the game going and always did really well.

“It will be unfortunate if he moves on, but I think Jurgen Klopp is looking for a player in that position, so I think if a good offer came in for him, because they certainly shouldn’t sell him for buttons."

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Liverpool have been heavily linked with Udinese's Piotr Zielinski throughout this summer and Klopp is likely to add further options to his midfield before the transfer window closes in September.

Meanwhile for Allen, his exploits in France would have certainly boosted his chances of moving to another Premier League club and the latest reports from Sky Sports suggest Swansea are still interested in bringing the man they sold for £15 million back to the Liberty Stadium.

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