By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Joe Allen is yet to open talks with Liverpool about a new contract – and the midfielder’s growing fan club is far from happy.

BBC Wales Sport reported on Monday afternoon that the Merseyside giants “have not discussed a new contract with Allen”.

The 26-year-old 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.

Klopp strongly hinted that Allen will start Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund, which has emerged as Liverpool’s most important match of the season.

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.

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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.

Supporters took to Twitter on Monday evening to express their displeasure that the Welshman could run down his contract and leave for nothing in the summer of 2017.

Allen joined Liverpool for £15million from Swansea in the summer of 2012 when he followed Brendan Rodgers from the Liberty Stadium to Merseyside.

The club rejected a move from Swansea to take him on loan in the January window.

In other Liverpool news, a Bundesliga expert has said Dortmund fear one man ahead of the second leg.