By Will Butcher
Liverpool fans have reacted with a mixed response on Twitter after manager Jurgen Klopp accepted a £13million offer from Stoke City for Joe Allen.
Allen impressed on Europe’s biggest stage this summer, as Wales smashed expectations by reaching the semi-finals.
The BBC reported yesterday that the former Borussia Dortmund manager had accepted a bid for Allen, who is nicknamed the ‘Welsh Pirlo’.
The 26-year-old had also been linked with a move to Liverpool’s Europa League final rivals Sevilla this summer, but it seems Mark Hughes’ Stoke have moved into pole position.
The former Swansea midfielder has made 89 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside club, after signing at Anfield 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.
Liverpool’s Twitter following couldn’t make up their minds with the potential sale of their Welsh star. Some were gutted that Allen, who represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, could leave after a superb Euro 2016. Some, though, were happy with Klopp cashing in.
— Rosie Todd (@rosietoddoffic) July 21, 2016
Been hoping Klopp would see sense and keep Allen. How very disappointing. #LFC
— Mike (@aguyiusedtoknow) July 20, 2016
Joe Allen makes team of the tournament for the Euro’s then gets binned to Stoke, yet Henderson continues his mediocrity and will stay. #LFC
— Bryce Conway (@BryceConway8) July 21, 2016
Actually gutted we’re getting rid of Joe Allen #LFC
— Zoe (@ZoeBunt) July 21, 2016
— LFC Commentary (@lfc_comments) July 21, 2016
Considering Allen is being sold for £13m, the Wijnaldum deal is good business, especially at the age of 25 #LFC
— Jamie Bosio (@JamieBosio21) July 21, 2016
— Dave Whitehouse (@davewhitehouse8) July 21, 2016
— ↷ (@Na7hannn) July 21, 2016
Why Liverpool are trying to buy wijnaldum from Newcastle ..they should keep Allen as he is superb holding midfielder instead of selling #lfc
— Premier league news (@premiera_run) July 21, 2016
Allen would become Stoke City’s first major signing this summer, but it remains to be seen whether Allen wants to move to Staffordshire.
Liverpool have been busy though, confirming the signings of Sadio Mane, Marko Grujic, Loris Karius and Joel Matip and are expected to announce the signing of Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum in the next few days.