By Dominic Toner

Liverpool announced the departure of midfielder Joe Allen to Stoke on Monday – and their supporters on Twitters were not too impressed.

The general mood was one of sadness that a popular player had been allowed to leave the club, even though the Liverpool Echo claim they will receive an initial £11million up front from Mark Hughes’ team with a further £2million in add-ons depending on appearances.

The former Swansea midfielder made 132 appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside club after signing in 2012 in a deal worth £15million.

Once criticised for his passive play, Allen has since got forward more and reinvented his style of play as a box-to-box central midfielder.

The midfielder was crucial to Chris Coleman’s Wales side that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, starring in their 3-1 quarter-final triumph against Belgium.

Allen starred in 37 encounters for the Liverpool last season in all competitions, which included 11 appearances in the club’s successful Europa League campaign.

Many Liverpool fans took to Twitter on Monday night to express their disappointment over his exit from Anfield.

Despite the departure of the Welshman Liverpool still have plenty of midfield options and new signing Georginio Wijnaldum could provide a ready-made replacement.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the new Pablo Zabaleta has jetted in to undergo a trial.