By Alex Taylor
Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen is looking forward to regular first-team football and playing a new role for his club, following his £13million move from Liverpool in July.
The Wales international signed a five-year contract at the Bet365 Stadium after enjoying a fantastic Euro 2016 campaign with his country this summer.
Allen, 26, has slipped down the pecking order at Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp’s appointment in October 2015.
Talking to the BBC Sport website, Allen said, “I think it had come to the point where I needed to move on. Personally, it was pretty obvious.
“Any player will tell you regular football makes tonnes of difference to the way you perform and the way you feel out on the football pitch.
“It comes to a certain stage in your career where if it’s not happening then you have to go and seek it out.”
Allen said that he’s also looking for progression as a player on the pitch at his new club.
“In the last few years at Liverpool I have played more as a holding player
“But I feel there are a few types of positions and roles I can do. It’s a good string to my bow to be able to do different things for the team.”
The former Reds ace has played as both a genuine central midfielder and as an attacking midfielder throughout his time in England’s top-tier, as well as operating in a deeper holding-midfield role.
Allen has scored 14 goals and provided 19 assists in 281 career games since breaking into the Swansea first-team in 2007.
His departure from Merseyside leaves Liverpool with Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and James Milner as the club’s chief deep-lying midfield options.