Despite playing his way into the team of the tournament at Euro 2016, Liverpool allowed Joe Allen to leave Anfield for Stoke City last week as Jurgen Klopp continues his Liverpool rebuild.
The decision was met with plenty of disappointment on Merseyside after fans had watched the 26-year-old midfielder put in a string of impressive performances in France.
While some may have been a little frustrated with Klopp's decision, those looking for someone to blame for Allen's Stoke move should perhaps be looking to one of their former players. That's after the Welshman revealed this week that a conversation with a former teammate at Anfield helped convince him he should join Stoke.
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"I did speak to Johno (Glen Johnson) briefly and he had nothing but good things to say about the club,” said Allen, via the Liverpool Echo.
"I have known him for a long time now so to hear such positive comments from him was good to hear and it definitely played a part.
"The general impression I got from him was that the club is very stable, and they want to push onwards to try to achieve even greater things."
Johnson and Allen were, of course, teammates at Liverpool between 2012 and 2015 before the former England right back himself opted to sign with Stoke after being released by the Merseyside club.
Now, over 12 months on from his exit, Johnson is still having an impact on events at Liverpool.
His conversation with Allen certainly appears to have played a key part in helping convince the combative midfielder that he should join him at the Britannia, rather than turning down the move and trying to fight for his place in the Liverpool lineup.
As a result, Johnson, who was often a polarising figure amongst Liverpool fans during his spell with the club due to some inconsistent performances, won't be Mr. Popular with those sections of supporters who were venting their frustration when Allen's £13 million sale was confirmed.
Only time will tell how Allen's move will affect both Liverpool and Stoke, but the midfielder certainly has a better opportunity of grabbing a regular starting spot at his new club than he would have at Liverpool this year.
Klopp and co. will just be hoping that their decision to offload the in-form midfielder doesn't go convincing other members of the Anfield changing room to follow him out the exit door in the months to come.
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