Joe Allen explains Liverpool exit

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Joe Allen was finally granted his wish to leave Liverpool this summer when he completed a move to Stoke for £13 million.

Since joining the Reds from Swansea in 2012, Allen's role at the club gradually diminished, first under Brendan Rodgers, then Jurgen Klopp, who limited him to the occasional Europa League appearance or late arrival off the bench.

Enough was enough for the Welsh international and he has been given the chance of a fresh start under Mark Hughes to pick up where he left off at Euro 2016.

Allen shone in Wales' unlikely run to the semi-finals but thought that this summer was the perfect time to move clubs.

Speaking ahead of Stoke's opening game of the Premier League season against newly promoted Middlesbrough, Allen admitted he doesn't have any regrets about leaving Liverpool.

"It wasn't a difficult decision to move and I'm not looking back with any regrets," he told Sky Sports.

"I'm excited about the future in my career. At 26, the best years are still in front of me and naturally I'm looking forward to them.

"I look back and I've got fond memories, it was a huge privilege to play for a club like Liverpool but the timing was right for me to move on."

The 'Welsh Xavi' also revealed his initial excitement when Klopp was brought in to replace Rodgers last year and had previously hoped he could thrive with the German at the helm.

Allen added: "When a new manager comes in, you're hoping you can impress and get in the team.

"I thought that his style would suit me, but it wasn't quite to be. In all fairness, the competition in midfield was tough all season so there's not too many complaints on my part.

"I don't want to be sat twiddling my thumbs on the bench, and I wanted to make sure if I could change it I would."

Liverpool fans have a right to feel slightly aggrieved that Allen did not stick around and fight for a place - a decision they will hope does not come back to bite them.

The 26-year-old's performances in France certainly showed what he will offer his new boss Hughes - providing he is given an extended run in the side - this season.

Being rotated in and out of the Liverpool line up meant Allen could not find any real consistency at Anfield but after such an impressive summer, the Welshman has every reason to be feeling optimistic about the upcoming campaign.

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