By Tom Blackburn
Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen says the arrival of Jurgen Klopp was key to his demise at Liverpool.
The 26-year-old departed from Anfield for Stoke earlier this summer for a reported £13million fee after growing fed up with life on the bench.
The Wales international was expecting to become a fringe player under Jurgen Klopp this season and he says his time under the German wasn’t what he had hoped.
“When a new manager comes in, you’re hoping you can impress and get in the team,” said Allen, as quoted by the Mirror.
“I thought that his style would suit me, but it wasn’t quite to be. In all fairness, the competition in midfield was tough all season so there’s not too many complaints on my part.”
“I don’t want to be sat twiddling my thumbs on the bench.”
Allen joined the Reds from Swansea in 2012 for £15million after former manager Brendan Rodgers also made the move to Merseyside.
The senior star played in 132 encounters in all competitions during his four-years at the club, which include 37 appearances in all competitions last season as he helped the Reds reach the Europa League final.
He was a key part of Wales Euro 2016 campaign this summer as they reached the semi-final, before eventually losing to Portugal.
Klopp has performed a major reshuffle on his squad after entering his first summer with the club and he has allowed 11 players to leave Anfield totaling £46million.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a former Leeds defender joins the club after leaving top-tier rivals.