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10th Aug, 2016 | 10:04pm

Ex-Liverpool man looks back at recent decision to leave Merseyside giants

By Harvey Byrne

Joe Allen has revealed that he has no regrets about leaving Liverpool this summer.

The 26-year-old departed from Anfield for Stoke earlier this summer for a reported £13million fee.

The Wales international was expecting to become a fringe player under Jurgen Klopp this season and he has stated that he still has the best years of his career ahead of him.

“It wasn’t a difficult decision to move and I’m not looking back with any regrets,” said Allen to Sky Sports, as quoted by their transfer centre blog (17:26).

“I’m excited about the future in my career, at 26 the best years are still in front of me and naturally I’m looking forward to them.

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“I look back and I’ve got fond memories, it was a huge privilege to play for a club like Liverpool but the timing was right for me to move on.

“I was hoping this opportunity [to join Stoke] would come up in the summer, and thankfully it’s all worked out well. I’m looking forward to the new chapter in my career.”

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.

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, Alan Pardew has sacrificed Yannick Bolasie in order to push through the signing of Christian Benteke.