Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was coy when asked about the possibility of Joe Allen being handed a new contract.
The German manager praised Allen’s recent form but, according to the Daily Mirror, wasn’t so assured when it came to the subject of the Wales international getting an extension on his Anfield stay.
The debate over Allen
Allen caught the eye during Liverpool’s 6-1 thrashing of Southampton in the Capital One Cup midweek and has looked far better under Klopp than he did on Merseyside under Brendan Rodgers.
An upturn in form has sparked debate over whether or not he is deserved of a new deal - his current contract has just 18 months left to run - but Klopp refused to be drawn into a deep discussion on the topic.
“At this moment I don’t think about contracts or anything like this,” Klopp said.
“This is the season we have to play. Joe did really well against Bordeaux and then it was not my easiest decision in life to leave him out against Swansea.
“I know about his story with Swansea but sometimes you cannot be the human being you want to be, you have to be the manager.
“It was okay and against Southampton he was really strong and played the perfect pass for Daniel."
Here's his highlights from the Saints clash:
The new and improved
Indeed, it would appear that Allen is beginning to show the sort of ability that caused Rodgers to spend £15million on him in 2012.
At just 25, the midfielder has plenty of time to improve his game and offer more moving forward, so to hand him a new deal might not be the most ludicrous option for Klopp.
What it will most likely come down to is whether or not the new Liverpool boss believes Allen is tailored to his system.
Imports from the transfer market, both in January and next summer, are to be expected and to afford them the Reds will have to dispose of unwanted talent.
Perhaps Allen’s recent showings are merely raising his sell-on value for the club. Fans will no doubt find out sooner, rather than later.
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