By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Joe Allen helped Liverpool dominate the midfield in their 4-1 Premier League win against Stoke – and Twitter paid tribute to the pint-sized Welshman.

With first-choice central midfield pair Jordan Henderson and Emre Can unavailable, Allen got the nod to start Sunday’s clash for a rejigged home side alongside fit-again youngster Kevin Stewart.

With the versatile James Milner helping to form a midfield three, the home side comfortably won the battle in the centre of the pitch against Mark Hughes’ team.

Allen, who had been a half-time replacement for Henderson in the midweek 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund, caught the eye with his energy, tackling and tidy distribution.

In a clear hint that manager Jurgen Klopp is planning to start the 27-year-old Wales international in next Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against Dortmund, he was withdrawn after 78 minutes of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool 4-1 up.

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Liverpool fans then took to Twitter to praise Allen and here is a selection of some of the messages.

First-half goals from Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge, and a second-half double from substitute Divock Origi, gave Liverpool a convincing win as they scored four goals in a home Premier League match for the first time since December 2014.

The result fully justified Klopp’s decision to make seven changes to the team that secured a precious draw in Germany.

In other Liverpool news, club legend Jamie Carragher posted an amusing response to news that Moreno had scored a rare goal to put his former side in front against Stoke.