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Wales international Joe Allen most definitely split opinion amongst Liverpool supporters during his time on Merseyside. 

Allen, who departed Anfield in favour of a move to Stoke City earlier this week, was more often than not made a scapegoat under Brendan Rodgers' guidance, but he started to establish himself as a fan favourite towards the end of last season. 

Indeed, the midfield maestro slowly but surely became an important squad member for the Reds last term and played a key role in helping the club secure a place in the Europa League final. 

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This past summer, of course, Allen's fine form continued as he helped Wales claim a spot in the semi-final of Euro 2016, but that didn't stop the Liverpool hierarchy from offloading him. 

It wasn't exactly a major surprise that Allen moved on, but Jurgen Klopp and co. could still live to regret it if he enjoys a prominent time at the Britannia Stadium. 

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Hartson reaction 

Following Allen's move to Stoke City, BBC pundit John Hartson took to Twitter to praise the midfielder, insisting that Stoke have 'got themselves a very good player'. 

In fact, Hartson also responded to a Liverpool fan who claimed that Wales meant more to Allen than Liverpool did. Hartson, as you can see below, disagreed with that notion, instead suggesting that Klopp didn't see the player as part of his long-term plan. 

What now for Liverpool? 

It's not exactly surprising that Klopp has quickly gone about changing the dynamic of his squad on Merseyside. A number of players have already departed the club this summer, but the revered boss has added some fine players to his squad. 

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The likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane could prove to be key players for the club, while Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and co. should help the club on a long-term basis. 

There's no guarantee that Liverpool will climb the Premier League table next season, but with Klopp at the helm and new signings on board, they should feel confident that they can make an impact on the title race. 

Are Liverpool good enough to challenge for the Premier League title? Have your say below! 

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