The Wales international is not the most popular player at Liverpool, with many fans convinced the midfielder has been out of his depth since he joined the club in a £15 million transfer from Swansea City back in 2012.
Allen has been accused of always playing safe passes - backwards and sideways - but a highlights package of his best moments against Southampton earlier this week proves ‘the Welsh Xavi’ is capable of more. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
The 25-year-old played several impressive forward passes - including a beautiful ball to Daniel Sturridge, who converted the opportunity - and spent 74 minutes on the pitch before being replaced by Jordan Henderson.
Allen received an 8/10 rating from the Liverpool Echo for his efforts and some fans now sense this could be the turning point for the diminutive midfielder at Anfield.
Video: Joe Allen can pass forwards!
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Some Liverpool fans found it ironic that Allen produced his best performance under Jurgen Klopp rather than Brendan Rodgers, who brought the player to Anfield and was a huge fan of his ability.
All players are performing under Klopp
In truth, almost every player has improved at Liverpool this season since Klopp replaced Rodgers at the start of October.
Wednesday night’s demolition of Southampton at St. Mary’s was the best team performance the Reds have produced for some time.
Allen must now prove that his performance on the south coast wasn’t merely a one-off.
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