Joe Allen is out of contract in the summer of 2017 at Liverpool

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Joe Allen is yet to open talks with Liverpool about a new contract even though his current deal has just 14 months to run.

BBC Wales Sport reported on Monday that the Merseyside giants have not discussed a new deal with Allen.

It throws the future of the 26-year-old into fresh doubt ahead of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has strongly hinted that Allen will be in the starting X1 for what has emerged as Liverpool’s most important match of the season.

The midfielder has only started four 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 in Sunday’s emphatic 4-1 win over Stoke.

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With Jordan Henderson out injured, Allen could get the nod ahead of Lucas Leiva and Kevin Stewart to start alongside Emre Can in central midfield.

Allen, who was given a standing ovation at Anfield when he was substituted on Sunday, 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.

In other Liverpool news, Jordan Ibe has cleansed his social media accounts of any reference to his employers in a clear sign that he is unhappy at Anfield.