By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool should tie Joe Allen down to a new contract, according to Jamie Redknapp.
The midfielder is yet to open talks with Liverpool about a new deal even though his current agreement has just 14 months to run.
Former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp has been impressed by Allen’s recent performances even though he is not a regular first-team starter.
Allen was a second-half substitute in both Europa League matches against Borussia Dortmund, but has started the last two Premier League matches, including Sunday’s 2-1 win at Bournemouth.
“Four weeks ago, everybody said Liverpool needed five or six players but maybe this squad isn’t as bad as people think,” Redknapp wrote in his Mail column.
“After a brilliant result against Dortmund, one of the powerhouses in Europe, Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes and still picked up a good win at Bournemouth. It has made things difficult for Klopp, who will have had his mind changed about one or two players after the results this week.
“There will also be a lot of clubs after Joe Allen this summer, but I thought he was excellent against Dortmund. Given the players he already has, Klopp may only need to buy two or three for Liverpool to really challenge next year.”
The midfielder has only started five Premier League matches this season but he has been an increasingly influential player since the turn of the year and was hailed as “brilliant” by Jurgen Klopp.
Allen will have just a year remaining on his current deal at the end of the season.
This opens up the prospect that the midfielder, who joined from Swansea in 2012 for £15million, could run down his contract and leave for nothing in the summer of 2017.
The Sun claim four Premier League clubs have registered their interest in the Welshman, in addition to one La Liga outfit.
It is said that there is a possibility Allen could join up with his countryman and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale in Spain if his future is not resolved this summer.