By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Joe Allen helped Liverpool dominate the midfield in their 4-1 Premier League win against Stoke – and Twitter paid tribute to the pint-sized Welshman.
With first-choice central midfield pair Jordan Henderson and Emre Can unavailable, Allen got the nod to start Sunday’s clash for a rejigged home side alongside fit-again youngster Kevin Stewart.
With the versatile James Milner helping to form a midfield three, the home side comfortably won the battle in the centre of the pitch against Mark Hughes’ team.
Allen, who had been a half-time replacement for Henderson in the midweek 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund, caught the eye with his energy, tackling and tidy distribution.
In a clear hint that manager Jurgen Klopp is planning to start the 27-year-old Wales international in next Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against Dortmund, he was withdrawn after 78 minutes of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool 4-1 up.
Liverpool fans then took to Twitter to praise Allen and here is a selection of some of the messages.
Joe Allen and James Milner have been superb for Liverpool today. Pressing, tackling, breaking up plays. Solid.
— Rick Olivares (@rickyolivares) April 10, 2016
Joe Allen shown Liverpool he’s their best midfielder it seems
— Lord Kieron Tierney (@RodgersSquared) April 10, 2016
— Makiav3lli (@mvmajorem) April 10, 2016
Joe allen has resurrected his liverpool career since the 3-3 against arsenal, great to see considering most counted him out
— Alexi Sergacome (@Alex_AMS96) April 10, 2016
— Pint O’ Football (@PintOFootball) April 10, 2016
Joe Allen absolutely launches himself into everything. If he didn’t weigh the same as a piece of toast, he’d be a machine. #Liverpool
— Ezza (@EzmondTutu) April 10, 2016
Joe Allen has been brilliant yet again for Liverpool
— The Liverpool Goals (@TheLivpoolGoals) April 10, 2016
First-half goals from Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge, and a second-half double from substitute Divock Origi, gave Liverpool a convincing win as they scored four goals in a home Premier League match for the first time since December 2014.
The result fully justified Klopp’s decision to make seven changes to the team that secured a precious draw in Germany.