It’s been a pretty eventful summer for Joe Allen.
His brilliant performances helped Wales reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and he has since swapped Liverpool for Stoke City.
It was always going to be a struggle for Allen to play regular first-team football under Jurgen Klopp this season. He only made 19 Premier League appearances last campaign and, after the arrivals of Marko Grujic and Georginio Wijnaldum, that tally would likely have been even less this time around.
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While it was no real surprise that the German boss was willing to offload Allen, the way the midfielder found out was incredibly startling.
It wasn’t, as you’d expect on his return to Melwood, it was, in fact, whilst he was on holiday in Ibiza via a text from a friend.
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“I actually had a text message off a friend congratulating me about making the move when I didn’t even know it was happening at the time,” he told the Telegraph.
While Allen is satisfied after his £13 million move to Stoke, there is no doubt that the former Swansea player is obviously upset about how his four-year spell at Liverpool came to an end.
“Not knowing whether the club intend to sell you or keep you, especially when you’re trying to ask the question, is disappointing,” he added.
“If I’m honest, to find out they accepted an offer through the press isn’t the best way of going about business, I don’t think. The communication wasn’t great but as soon as Liverpool accepted an offer I knew what their intentions were for me.
“It was a bit strange but that’s how things happen sometimes. There was no real goodbye, but I’m not the most sentimental person anyway. It’s irrelevant now because sitting here I’ve got the move I wanted.”
It certainly is a surprising way to treat a player that made 132 appearances for your club.
While Allen was often seen as a scapegoat shortly after his arrival in 2012 - not helped by the fact he was branded the “Welsh Xavi” by Brendan Rodgers - he managed to turn his Liverpool career around in the last few years.
The tidy player became a fan favourite on Merseyside and, although there were some supporters that hoped he would sign a new contract, the fact that he only made eight league starts last season worked against him in negotiations.
Liverpool fans will no doubt be disappointed with their club in the way they’ve treated Allen but the Welshman is guaranteed to be given a hero's reception when he returns to Anfield with his Stoke side on Boxing Day.
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