Jurgen Klopp has personally told Liverpool officials to hold fire on contract talks with Joe Allen as the midfielder's future at Anfield continues to be shrouded in doubt.
According to The Times, the German manager is yet to decide the future of the Wales international and is ready to let his contract run into its final 12 months.
Allen has emerged as something like an important player under Klopp in the last few weeks, providing cover for injured stars Jordan Henderson and Emre Can.
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But while he has impressed at times, there is still significant doubt over whether he will have a place in Klopp's plans next season.
For instance, Marko Grujic is set to arrive from Red Star Belgrade in the summer and he cuts a very similar figure to that of Allen in defensive midfield.
The Serbian is, therefore, likely to push Allen down the pecking order, meaning Klopp could be ready to let him leave after a four-year stay on Merseyside.
Swansea are one club who are interested in signing Allen. Having originally sold him to Liverpool in a £15m deal, they are hoping to bring the diminutive star back for a reduced price.
With just one-year left on his deal, Liverpool will have to accept significantly less than they paid for him, but it has been reported that they will demand around £10m.
Allen would almost certainly be happy to return to the club where he originally made his name, even though his main concern will be avoiding relegation rather than winning trophies.
However, Allen, speaking yesterday, appeared calm over the silence regarding his Liverpool future, insisting he is ready to wait until the summer to discover where it lies.
"I can't say there have been any changes on the contract front," he said.
"The manager has said that between now and the end of the season it's not the right time to talk about those things. I think that works out well for everyone."
'Joe Allen Football'
Following Liverpool's 2-0 win over Watford on Sunday, Klopp praised the impact that Allen had made on the game. He revealed that he even told the Liverpool squad that they should focus on trying to play 'Joe Allen football' in his pre-match talk.
He told Liverpool's official website: "In the meeting today, I said it would be cool if we could play ‘Joe Allen football’ – brilliant technique, hard-working, very lively, very energetic.
"He is a great player. In good teams with more good players than you need, you have situations like this [rotation]. But he takes the situation brilliantly, he is a wonderful boy and professional football player.
"That’s really good. Today without Joe would have been completely different. So I’m completely fine with him."
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