Midfielder reveals circumstances behind Liverpool switch
By Tom Blackburn
Joe Allen has revealed he only found he was leaving Liverpool for Stoke when a friend texted him about the news.
The 26-year-old departed from Anfield for Stoke earlier this summer for a reported £13million fee and says the manner in which he left was disappointing.
“I actually had a text message off a friend congratulating me about making the move when I didn’t even know it was happening at the time,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“Not knowing whether the club intend to sell you or keep you, especially when you’re trying to ask the question, is disappointing.
“If I’m honest, to find out they accepted an offer through the press isn’t the best way of going about business, I don’t think. The communication wasn’t great but as soon as Liverpool accepted an offer I knew what their intentions were for me.
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“It was a bit strange but that’s how things happen sometimes. There was no real goodbye, but I’m not the most sentimental person anyway. It’s irrelevant now because sitting here I’ve got the move I wanted.”
The Welsh midfielder made his Stoke debut last Saturday, coming off the bench as they drew 1-1 with newly promoted Middlesborough.
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.
He was a key part of Wales Euro 2016 campaign this summer as they reached the semi-final, before eventually losing to Portugal.
The Wales international was expecting to become a fringe player under Jurgen Klopp this season and but he said last week that his time under the German wasn’t what he had hoped.
“When a new manager comes in, you’re hoping you can impress and get in the team,” said Allen, as quoted by the Mirror.
“I thought that his style would suit me, but it wasn’t quite to be. In all fairness, the competition in midfield was tough all season so there’s not too many complaints on my part.
“I don’t want to be sat twiddling my thumbs on the bench.”
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, they battle with European heavyweights for a Brazil ace with a £39million price tag.