By Alex Taylor
Joe Allen scored a wonder goal as Wales drew 2-2 with Austria on Thursday evening – and Liverpool fans on Twitter wished their club had never sold the midfielder.
Allen, 26, was offloaded by Jurgen Klopp to Stoke this summer despite a strong European Championship campaign with his country.
The former Swansea star got fans talking after 22 minutes of his countries World Cup qualifier after he smashed the ball into the top-left corner of the Austria net from 25 yards.
Supporters on social media questioned the decision to sell Allen with one fan saying he should come back to Anfield and play ahead of the in-form Roberto Firmino.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
Oooof; get in Joe Allen! #AUSWAL
— Berwyn Lloyd (@Berwyn77) October 6, 2016
I'm privileged to say I was alive to see Joe Allen grace the football pitch.
— Josh Evans (Jevs) (@jevans448) October 6, 2016
We should buy Joe Allen back… and just bench Firmino for him…???
— Matthew Raul (@MattRaul_LFC) October 6, 2016
That's why I'm gutted klopp sold him I've said it all along Joe Allen is quality.. So underrated and he's showing that now @FAWales
— Danny Storer (@dannydoo24) October 6, 2016
— Danny (@dannybedborough) October 6, 2016
Why oh why did Liverpool get rid of Joe Allen? ?⚽️
— Cameron Lee Herring (@Camlee_196) October 6, 2016
Im still sad we sold joe allen
— ㅤ (@Eaja_z) October 6, 2016
Allen has become a fan favourite at new club Stoke this season and has gained recognition for his consistency on the pitch.
The industrious midfielder has put in more tackles than any other Stoke player so far this term and has now carried his good form into the international break.
Allen played 132 times for Liverpool, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in all competitions.
The Merseyside outfit now sit fourth in the Premier League after picking up 16 points from seven matches this season.
Despite a 2-0 loss to Burnley in August Klopp’s side have taken points from every league game this season including wins against Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester.