By Emma Sanders
Liverpool fans reacted with amusement on Twitter after it was revealed Joe Allen had been nominated for the UEFA Team of the Year.
The 40-man shortlist also included compatriots Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey after the three Welshmen were crucial to their country’s European Championships success in the summer.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) November 21, 2016
The Stoke midfielder was sensational for Wales during the tournament and it was the country’s most successful international competition of all-time when they reached the semi-final.
Allen joined the Potters in the summer after he was sold by Liverpool for £13million despite his impressive performances for Wales.
The 26-year-old was a popular figure in Merseyside by the time of his departure, despite struggling to settle down during his first season at the club.
While at Liverpool, he spent the majority of his Anfield career being used as a substitute but he became increasingly regular during his final season.
In total, he made 132 appearances for the club, including just 60 Premier League starts in four years, but he was also used as a substitute during Liverpool’s Europa League final defeat against Sevilla in his final game.
Since joining Stoke, he has been in excellent form, netting four goals in 14 appearances already this season but most Liverpool fans remember his time with the club fondly and reacted to the news of his nomination with positivity.
Here is a selection of the messages:
— Diarmuid Egan (@emre23lfc) November 21, 2016
@BelieveInKlopp joe Allen was a Liverpool player at the time
— Alwyn Williams (@AlwynLFC) November 22, 2016
Lmao ! Joe Allen, krychowiak, and Carrasco but. I coutinho ? ??? Uefa is a joke https://t.co/JL7LWvwfG7
— G.Chè (@IAmMere_) November 22, 2016
Joe Allen better get on here for his Liverpool heroism https://t.co/q75D4isHTH
— Drew (Hornets 8-5) (@FirminoSkill) November 21, 2016
Joe Allen makes the list of 40 finalists for UEFA Team of the Year. Not one current Liverpool player however.
— Mickey wants his say (@MickeysView) November 21, 2016
— Liam Bekker (@LiamBekkerLFC) November 21, 2016
Former Liverpool player Joe Allen has been shortlisted for the UEFA Team of the Year.
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) November 21, 2016
In other Liverpool news, this is who fans have voted for as Sadio Mane’s replacement in January.