By Will Butcher
Liverpool fans are delighted on Twitter for Joe Allen after the midfielder struck his second goal in two games for new club Stoke City, as they drew 1-1 with Manchester United.
The Welsh international moved to the Britannia earlier this summer for £13million and has hit the ground running for Mark Hughes’ side.
After already making eight league and cup appearances for the Potters, Allen has become a fan favourite among Stoke supporters and has seemingly added a new dimension to his game.
Allen, 26, has begun to start scoring goals after getting criticised at Liverpool for being too negative in the holding midfield role.
Fans have reacted with delight for their former midfield player, with some regretting the decision to sell the former Swansea star.
Here are a selection of Liverpool fans’ tweets:
— It's Dan 131 (@itsDan131) October 2, 2016
Glen Johnson, Peter Crouch and Joe Allen combining to score against United at Old Trafford. Go on lads! #LFC
— THE LFC POLL (@TheLFCPoll) October 2, 2016
RT if you miss Joe Allen #LFC
— StellaHex (@StellaTex) September 24, 2016
Well done Agent Allen ??? #lfc
— Lesley (@weswee37) October 2, 2016
JOE PIRLO ALLEN, a.k.a THE WELSH XAVI !!!
YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE!!!#LFC
— Ouways (@ouways23) October 2, 2016
— Grv Dkl (@GRVDKL) October 2, 2016
— Emmanuel Asuquo (@Manny_AQ) October 2, 2016
— ℑack Hℴnℯ™ (@jackkthalad) October 2, 2016
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.
In other Liverpool news, Roberto Firmino has delivered this Twitter verdict after the 2-1 win against Swansea on Saturday.