Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has revealed that Jurgen Klopp substituted him at half-time in the 1-1 draw against Rubin Kazan on Thursday night because he was on a yellow card.
The Wales international, who was heavily criticised by supporters on Twitter for his poor first-half performance, told Liverpool’s official website that Klopp did not haul him off because of his below-par display.
Perhaps Klopp was being kind to Allen because the midfielder’s performance was not up to scratch against the Russian Premier League side, although the booking certainly would have been a factor in the decision to replace him with Lucas Leiva.
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“It was a disappointing one really. I got booked. The manager explained it was nothing to do with the performance,” Allen revealed.
“With them going down to 10 men and being on a yellow, it was inevitable. I felt good while I was on the pitch and I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to get out there and give a good performance.”
Allen could struggle even more now Rodgers has gone
After Thursday night’s performance, it might be a little while before Liverpool fans see Allen in the starting line-up again.
The £15 million Welshman has struggled to make a telling impact at Anfield following his move from Swansea City in the summer of 2012, and may now find it even more difficult without Brendan Rodgers, the man who brought him to Merseyside from the Liberty Stadium.
The 25-year-old has only made three appearances in the Premier League this season - playing a combined 23 minutes - and will find his game-time reduced further when captain Jordan Henderson returns from his injury lay-off.
Klopp could sell Allen in 2016
In order to stand a fighting chance of becoming a key player under Klopp, Allen must impress when he gets opportunities, like last night.
It would come as no real shock if Klopp opts to sell him in 2016.
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