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.
JOE ALLEN…FOREVER IN MY HEART #LFC
— Olaniyi Akinniyi (@might_mig) July 25, 2016
Proper gutted to see Joe Allen leave. #LFC
— Jack Wilson (@ErNeStThEsHiCk) July 25, 2016
I’ll never understand why we sold Joe Allen #LFC
— Aiden Ennis (@AidenEnnis1) July 25, 2016
Joe Allen going to Stoke hmm!! Big sigh!!!! Gonna miss him
— Anne-Marie LFC (@loftus473508) July 25, 2016
Absolutely gutted Joe Allen has been sold 🙁 he’ll do a quality job at Stoke though, too good to be a benchwarmer #LFC
— Jordan Ward (@JordanWard1992) July 25, 2016
— Mathew Lee Canavan (@_MLC91) July 25, 2016
— Thugernaught (@LeachAtTheBeach) July 25, 2016
— Pete K. (@sf49pete) July 25, 2016
Sorry to see Joe Allen go, always played with his head up & gave 100%. Fully deserves first team football, wishing him all the best. #LFC
— gittins (@RichardGittins) July 25, 2016
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.